Where the Classroom
Is The Real World
In this issue
Message from the President
Laser on Alumni
New Faces at Lasell
Major Gifts and Planned Giving
Marian Heard, CEO and President for
Oxen Hill Partners of Braintree and former
CEO of the United Way of New England.
Marian Heard is a
leadership expert and
She currently serves as
CEO and President for
Oxen Hill Partners,
which specializes in
programs. During her
tenure in previous positions at the United Way,
she was known as a champion for youth.
She will be the commencement speaker and
honorary degree recipient at Lasell College's
155th graduation ceremonies on Sunday,
May 17, 2009.
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Master Plan Developed for Lasell
Campuses are never static entities.
They are constantly changing —
physically, socially, pedagogically,
even economically. And, a natural
continuation of the five-year Strategic
Plan that was developed in the first
months of President Michael B.
Alexander's tenure is the introduction
of a Campus Master Plan.
"The Master Plan is an opportunity
to fantasize about how the physical
campus might change over the next 15
to 20 years," says President Alexander.
"The best campuses grow in relation
to the future academic development
of the institution. Those that do so
are able to maintain their historical
qualities and change by building on
and enhancing these qualities. As
undergraduate enrollment increases
to the projected 1,600 students in 2012,
the College's physical space needs will
In order to assess how to best use the
existing plant and to augment it for the
future, Lasell worked with a consulting
team from four firms. They conducted
extensive faculty and staff interviews
and researched and catalogued the
current physical environment, including
the landscape, circulation, parking, and
architecture. The team also analyzed
existing space usage — the student
residences, classroom, library,
administration and faculty offices,
and athletic space.
"It was interesting to me that the team
focused on the landscape first —
studying the topography and looking for
a visual focal point that could serve as a
special place or 'village green,'" says
President Alexander. "If we were to
move Case House across the street to an
empty lot that we own, we would have
such a space, bookmarked by Carpenter
and Gardner, two of the College's
The architects also studied how the
students move across campus. They
proposed a pedestrian walkway that
would run from Brennan Library to
Wolfe and Wass Halls, connecting
the principle academic buildings.
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Turn to Page 4.
Message from the President
Michael B. Alexander.
D ear Lasell Community,
Despite what you may read in the
newspapers about the effect of the
dismal economic climate on higher
education, Lasell College continues not
only to weather the storm but to gather
more wind in its sails and become
stronger by the day. Yes, our
endowment is down like everybody
else's, but it has had minimal effect
on our operating budget. Our spring
semester enrollments are the highest
in history and our retention of first-year
students is the highest in memory.
We now have more than ioo graduate
students, a total which is bound to
climb next fall as our new M.S. in
Communication program moves into
full swing (see story p. 19). Applications
for admission in the fall are again
running ahead of last year, which
were up 15% from the year before.
Applications from outside New England
and the mid-Atlantic are up 14% and
international applications are up 22%,
an encouraging sign for the future.
Because our student body continues
to grow, even in these difficult times,
we need to continue to grow the size
of our faculty, our institutional aid
budget, and our residential facilities.
The two residence halls currently under
construction — which we have decided
for now to call East Hall and West
Hall — are on time and on budget.
We are budgeting for another substantial
increase in institutional aid to support
our students and their families who
are suffering from current economic
conditions. And, at a time when other
institutions are implementing hiring
and salary freezes, we are hiring at least
two new faculty members for next year.
At the same, time we have put aside a
cash reserve to protect the College in
the event that the world's financial
circumstances will cause us to come up
short on students next year. Although all
our data is positive at the moment, if
unemployment rates continue to rise,
some families may find it difficult to
fund their fair share of private college
tuition. In the face of these challenges,
we intend to keep growing. For that
reason, this past September we updated
the Strategic Plan which we had
developed in Fall 2007 and we went
on to create a Campus Master Plan,
which considers- the possibilities for
the future of the physical campus 15-20
years from now. In this issue of Leaves,
you will find an update of the Strategic
Plan (see story p. 3) and a report on
the new Campus Master Plan (see
story p. 1).
Because the College has been operating
smoothly and continues to grow
stronger, we have been able to
concentrate on planning for the future,
both for our academic programs and for
our physical facilities. None of these
dreams can come true without the
support of the College's alumni and
friends. In a year in which many
colleges will struggle to match annual
giving totals from last year, we are
almost certain to surpass last year's
record results, largely because of the
Adelaide Van Winkle Annual Fund
Challenge, which matches all increases
of at least $100 from prior year
contributions. Nevertheless, meeting
our ambitious Annual Fund goal for this
year will be a challenge in these trying
times. We greatly appreciate your
willingness to stretch a little further to
make sure we take full advantage of the
opportunity Adelaide has provided us.
Please find an opportunity to come
to Reunion or just visit campus any
time and you too will be able to share
in the beauty and excitement that is
Michael B. Alexander
Lasell College Announces the Election of New Board Members
Board of Trustees
Rena Faye Clark
is a Principal of
a private equity
^^^ ^^^ firm. She has
had over 20
years of general
management and entrepreneurial
experience and has served as vice
president for the Kraft Sports Group
and the New England Patriots, where
she oversaw all corporate giving
activities and strategic community
initiatives. She has been director and
chief operating officer for Harvard
Business School's M.B.A. Program with
responsibility for admissions, financial
aid, and all student services. There she
also worked as part of a leadership team
that successfully revitalized and grew
the African American Alumni
Association and she still serves on
the organization's board.
Ms. Clark is a graduate of Lamar
University in Texas, where she received
her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and
she received her M.B.A. from Harvard
University. She has volunteered with a
number of non-profit organizations and
was honored by the Johnson Publishing
Company for her community
contributions. She is a resident of
Jamaica Plain, MA.
Susan M. Moran
has devoted nearly
30 years to the
raising her family
of four, she was
an avid volunteer
on school boards, local charities, and
Ms. Moran served on the board of
Trinity High School in Manchester, NH
and was also the co-chairperson of its
charity auctions for six years. She has
been on the board and served as a
trustee of Child & Family Services, the
oldest charitable organization in New
Hampshire. She still maintains close
contact and volunteers at its teen closet,
which works with at-risk youth. She has
also given her time to Families in
Transition, a non-profit organization
that provides those who are at-risk of
becoming homeless with safe and
affordable housing. In addition to her
volunteer and charitable work, Ms.
Moran is co-owner of two Sylvan
Learning Centers in New Hampshire
that offer supplemental tutoring
programs for both children and adults.
Besides bringing her experience in both
the business and volunteer service to
Lasell, Ms. Moran is a Lasell parent.
Her daughter, Kristin, is a sophomore
who is majoring in Fashion
Merchandising and is also a member of
the varsity field hockey team. "I have
seen through Kristin how the unique
and interesting programs at Lasell can
enrich the educational and social
aspects of a student's life," she says.
Kathryn E. West
is Vice President
of Real Estate
System, Inc. where
she is responsible
for the strategic
management of a broad portfolio of
owned and leased property. She
oversees the coordination and
permitting of large-scale development
projects, planning and construction
services for member hospitals, and
professional real estate services,
including leasing and acquisitions.
Prior to joining Partners, Ms. West
was Associate Dean for Operations at
Harvard Medical School and was
responsible for the management of all
campus real estate, off-site commercial
and residential properties, and the
administrative services of the research
and teaching institution. She has also
served as Director of Real Estate
Development at the Massachusetts
Bay Transportation Authority and has
extensive management experience in a
variety of public, non-profit, and private
Ms. West earned her B.A. in
Government at Smith College and
has an M.B.A. from Boston University.
She is on the Board of Directors
Management Committee of the National
Association of Industrial and Office
Properties, serves on the Board of
Directors of the Boston Center for the
Arts, and is an active member of New
England Women in Real Estate.
continued on page 3
2 Lasell Leaves
New Horizons for Lasell Trustee
Dr. Robert Huntington Named
President of Heidelberg University
This July, Dr. Robert
president, bringing a
combination of higher
corporate experience with him to the
Tiffin, Ohio campus. He was selected for
his strategic thinking and organizational
leadership skills, qualities that will
enable him to take on the future
challenges facing the University.
Lasell has been fortunate to have Dr.
Huntington serve as both an Overseer
and a Trustee since 1993, lending his
thoughtful analysis and marketing
experience to the College. As a Trustee,
he chaired the Academic Affairs
committee for eight years and he
currently chairs the Institutional
Advancement committee. He is also
a member of the Finance Committee
and served on the recent presidential
During part of this time, he was
completing his Ed.D. at Harvard
University's Graduate School of
Education in Higher Education
Administration, Planning and Social
Policy. "I marveled at his ability to juggle
family, corporate career, and educational
accomplishment while maintaining his
valued involvement with Lasell," says
President Emeritus Tom de Witt.
Dr. Huntington has worked at Dunkirf
Brands for more than 22 years. He has
served as vice president for Enterprise
Support Services, vice president for
Organizational Learning and
Development, vice president for Global
Integrated Planning and Marketing
Effectiveness, vice president for
Business Reinvention and Strategic
Planning, and vice president for
Multi-Brand Development. With
system-wide sales approaching
$7 billion annually, Dunkin' Brands
franchises the Dunkirf Donuts and
Baskin-Robbins brands in nearly
15,000 locations around the world.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of
Middlebury College, Dr. Huntington
earned his Master's degree in German
Literature from Middlebury's University
of Mainz (Germany) program, his
M.B.A. degree from Dartmouth's Tuck
School of Business, and then continued
on to Harvard for his Ed.D. degree.
As his family prepares to transition into
the Heidelberg community, the entire
Lasell community wishes Rob all the
best in his new presidential role. *
New Board Members Elected
continued from page 2
Lamperti '50 has
always been busy
with her family,
volunteer work, in
business, and with Lasell. She brings a
strong and valued alumni voice to the
Board of Overseers.
In her youth, Clara had a passion for
ballet but her parents convinced her to
enroll at Lasell before deciding her
future. "It was two years filled with
growth, learning, and relationships that
turned into lifelong friendships," she
recalls. After graduation, she headed to
New York, took a job at American
Broadcasting Company, and soon
married her husband, Bob. The two live
in Warren, New Jersey and have three
sons and five grandchildren.
While raising her family, Clara managed
to find time to become involved with
community volunteer work and she lent
her talents to the United Family and
Children's Society, to the United Way,
and to the Washington Rock Girl Scout
Council for which she served as
Community Chairman for the city of
Plainfield, NJ. "It was a time of serious
racial unrest and riots, an experience
beyond description, which resulted in
the integration of schools — a fantastic
In 1972, Clara and a friend opened
a successful consignment shop,
"Second Time Around," which she
only recently turned over to her son.
Lasell is a beneficiary of her retirement
as she now has time to serve on its
Board of Overseers.
College's Strategic Plan
Reconfirmed and Augmented
I he Strategic Plan is a living document
and, this fall, town meetings and a
two-day weekend meeting were held
to review, reconfirm, and augment the
goals that were developed in 2007. The
group of faculty, staff, students, alumni,
senior management, Lasell Village
residents, and Board members
developed strategies and action plans in
support of Vision 2012, tried to gain a
greater understanding of the College
and its markets, and discussed the idea
of possibly consolidating the College's
efforts behind one community service
or one social justice issue as a way of
having a greater positive impact.
Looking at the 2007 plan, the review
team decided that several areas
continued to hold true and did not
require amendment: the strengths and
weaknesses of the College in relation to
its competition; the Mission Statement;
the College's statement of values; and
the positioning statement, "Where the
Classroom is the Real World."
In reviewing the goals of Vision 2012,
two new ones were added: a capstone
experience or senior theses in all
majors; and the optimization of the
administrative services of the College
utilizing tools such as a cost efficiency
study. The group also shared the belief
that the College needs a new athletic
facility and that a renovation of the
existing facility will not be an adequate
improvement for the cost involved.
During a brainstorming session about
the possibility and feasibility of
consolidating the College's community
service efforts, the reviewers resolved
that an audit of community service and
social justice efforts in the Lasell
community be performed. Additionally,
the College will conduct an external
assessment of the areas of greatest need
and how they intersect with Lasell' s
ability to impact them, with the
expectation that the College may choose
an issue or service around which to
consolidate its efforts.
President Alexander and the strategic planning participants consider some recommendations.
The group reviewed the
• Promote and meet the Van Winkle
short-term objectives from
challenge by June 2009
last year and determined
• Complete a cost efficiency study
that each objective was
by July 2009
completed or well on the
• Have a plan in place for a new
way to completion. They
then developed a new list
athletic facility, including a funding
plan by March 2010
of short-term objectives
• Implement institutionally consistent
that when achieved over
the next 12- to 18-months
capstone experiences across all
majors by September 2010
would advance the College
toward Vision 2012.
• Improve career development
services to better serve
undergraduate and graduate
students and alumni by June 2010
Lasell Leaves \
Hard Work and Serendipity Define
Career of Susan Carten Varga '72
An Entrepreneur with Strong Fashion Sense
Meredith Byam Miller '00 Makes
Mark with Vintage Clothing Store
You never know." smiles Susan
Carten Varga '72. "Always go on
Using this rule of thumb in 1997,
Susan met Lawrence Kudlow, the
economist, television personality, and
columnist, and has been working for
him ever since.
"It was a leap for me. I had been
employed by Martha Stewart as her
personal appearance and lecture
coordinator and, although I had studied
finance, working for an economist
seemed like a 180 degree turn. But, it's
been very exciting and I've been there as
Larry has achieved his goals — to have a
syndicated column, a radio show, a TV
show, and to own his own company."
Susan is now Chief Operating Officer
of Kudlow & Company with an
exciting and exhausting job description.
"Besides having an active role in the
company, I help run Larry's life,
I am the liaison with the TV and radio
production staffs, and help organize
speaking engagements. Larry is very
connected with Wall Street and
Washington, so I've even found
myself organizing many White
When Susan enrolled at Lasell in 1970
she wasn't sure what she wanted to do.
"I decided to attend a two year college
because I thought it would give me time
to figure out my direction. I found
myself in a nurturing, positive
environment and I thrived."
After graduating, Susan went on to the
University of Rhode Island, received
her B.S. in Finance, and started work
in properly management. But this was
just the beginning.
"By accident, I got into modeling," she
recalls. "I had a friend who suggested
I try it and my start came when a model
for a shoe commercial, who happened
to have the same shoe size as me,
broke her leg. From then on I took
on modeling jobs when I could take
the time away from my 'regular* job.
"When the agency suggested putting
my name in for the Miss Rhode Island
contest, I said, 'No, this is not the
direction I want to go in.' But, they
convinced me to go ahead because we
all agreed there was no way I was going
to win. Well, I won and off I went to the.
Miss U.S.A. pageant."
(L to R) Lauren Suzanne Varga '05 and
Susan Carten Varga 'j2 make a great
Soon after, Susan got married, moved to
Connecticut, and eventually started her
own bookkeeping business.
"One of my clients was Martha
Stewart's brother," she recalls, "and
this led to my career taking a new turn.
I began answering her fan mail and
soon started working for her full time."
In 1997, a headhunter contacted Susan
about a job with Tommy Hilfiger but
both decided this was a conflict of
interest with her employment with
Martha Stewart. It was then that the
headhunter proposed an interview with
Larry Kudlow, and she has worked with
him ever since.
Susan has two children and when her
daughter, Lauren, was deciding on
colleges, Susan recommended she
consider Lasell. "I said to her, 'Just look
at it.' I think she is similar to me and
I thought it would be a good fit.
"On our campus visit I was so
impressed by the College's growth — it
has done this in a good way, not losing
any of its values or its feeling of close
I couldn't have been prouder when
Lauren graduated magna cum laude
in 2005. Like me, I think Lasell gave
her a chance to grow, figure things
out, and be prepared for whatever
comes along." ft'
"Sard work and a keen eye for fashion
account for the success of Meredith
Byam Miller 'oo's consignment and
vintage clothing store, "Poor Little Rich
Girl," that is located in a 4750 foot space
in Davis Square in Somerville, MA. It's
no accident that the shop was voted the
Boston Phoenix's "Best 08" and Boston
Magazine's "Best of Boston" 2007. "I've
come a long way since I started in a tiny
location in 2002. No two days are alike,
I love what I do, and I'm inspired by it,"
A Fashion major, Meredith transferred
to Bentley College in the middle of her
course of study and then returned to
Lasell. "I had an eclectic education," she
recalls. "I took a lot of business classes
at Bentley and when I re-enrolled at
Lasell I was older than the typical
student. I approached my studies with a
different attitude, something that was
immediately recognized by Fashion
Professor Jill Carey. She intuitively knew
what I needed and her Fashion History
class piqued my interest. She got me
energized and with what I learned I can
now look at a piece of clothing and date
it immediately — an invaluable talent
for the business I'm in."
During her last three semesters at
Lasell, Meredith worked part-time at a
consignment shop and took a full-time
job there after graduating. "My parents
A vintage Adolfo hat is among the many
treasures at Meredith Byam Miller's "Poor
Little Rich Girl."
encouraged me to open my own store.
My heart wasn't totally into design,
I knew I had good marketing and
management skills, and so I decided
to give it a try. Four and a half years
later I could afford to move to a bigger
space and I love the Davis Square
neighborhood — it's trendy, bohemian
and diverse, which fits the feel of
With the Davis Square store successfully
and firmly established, Meredith opened
a second shop at 166 Newbury Street in
Boston this December. "So far so good,"
she smiles, m
TO read more about Meredith and "Poor Little Rich Girl" go to:
Master Plan Developed for Lasell
continued from page 7
Further, they suggested beautifying
Woodland Road, sinking the utility lines,
and adding plantings.
"There's a lot of ambition and cost in the
plan," says President Alexander. "But, it's
important to have a dream. If you don't
have a dream, how can you expect your
dream to come true?"
The proposed plan, which has been
approved by the Board of Trustees,
contains suggestions for improvements
over the course of the next 20 years in
five-year increments. Its key elements are:
• Establish gateways
• Create a strong pedestrian circulation
infrastructure and experience
• Create iconic buildings and
signature open spaces
• Support the use of outdoor open
spaces with an architectural program
• Create a mixed-use layout
• Locate parking lots at extreme
edges of the campus or under
new buildings when possible
Several of the recommendations for the
first five years are currently underway:
the completion of two new residence
halls on Woodland Road; the
installation of new signage on
Commonwealth Avenue; and the
renovation of the McClelland Hall
entry into an additional Fitness Center
(see stoiy p. 19). r
Fuss Center Director Appointed
Dr. joann Montepare sees Center
as Signature Piece for Lasell
A Welcoming Presence
Pamela Faria is New Executive
Assistant to the President
This is the time to be working
in the field of aging," says Dr. Joann
Montepare, Lasell's new Director of the
RoseMary B. Fuss Center for Research
on Aging and Intergenerational Studies.
"And, arriving at the Fuss Center at this
point in my career fits me perfectly both
professionally and personally. The stars
must have been lined up to give me this
opportunity to conduct research, teach,
and be part of this living, thriving,
Dr. Montepare comes to Lasell from
Emerson College, where she served on
the faculty for ten years, most recentiy
as Professor of Psychology and Chair of
Marketing Communication. She held
prior faculty appointments at Tufts
University, Brandeis University, and
Her research on social perception has
examined how age-related qualities of
people's faces, voices, and bodies impact
impressions and interaction. And,
through her work on self-perception,
she has explored the "paradox of age" —
why the young feel old and the old
Dr. Montepare has been published in
a number of journals, including
Psychology and -Aging, Journal of Clinical
Geropsychology, and Journal of Adult
Development. She has been the principal
investigator or co-investigator on
Director of the RoseMary B. Fuss Center for
Research on Aging and Intergenerational
Studies Joann Montepare.
various private and federal grants, and
she serves on the editorial boards of the
International Journal of Aging and
Human Development and the Journal of
Adult Development. She is the associate
editor for special issues for the Journal
of Nonverbal Behavior.
Dr. Montepare received her Ph.D. in
Social Developmental Psychology from
Brandeis University, her Master's in
Psychology from SUNY New Paltz,
and her Bachelor's in Biology and
Psychology from Smith College. As
Director of the Fuss Center, she will
play a leadership role in expanding and
capitalizing upon Lasell's resources in
the area of intergenerational research
across the lifespan.
There is such a feeling of excitement
and enthusiasm on this campus," says
Pam Faria, President Alexander's new
Executive Assistant and Assistant Clerk
of the Lasell College, Lasell Village,
and Lasell, Inc. Boards. "I was struck
immediately by Lasell's sense of
community and from my first day I
have had a sense of comfort and fit."
Returning to Boston has been a
homecoming for Pam, who grew up in
Connecticut and graduated from
Northeastern. "I have a strong feeling of
reconnection and I am delighted to be
back," she enthuses.
Pam comes to Lasell from Cabrini
College in Radnor, PA, where she
was Executive Assistant to the President
and Secretary of the Corporation.
She was also coordinator for a lengthy
strategic planning process there,
similar to what President Alexander
undertook in 2007. In addition,
Pam was involved in special project
management, constituent relations,
and marketing and communications
and still managed to find time to earn
her M.S. in Organizational Leadership.
In total, Pam has more than 30 years
experience in higher education
administration. Prior to working at
Cabrini, she held such positions as Vice
President of Operations at the Maryland
Executive Assistant to the President
Institute College of Art in Baltimore,
Vice President for Administrative
Services at Knox College in Galesburg,
Illinois, and Assistant Vice President for
Administrative Affairs at the University
of Florida in Gainesville.
"There is a tremendously supportive
culture here at Lasell and I look forward
to lending my experience and
perspective to the College," she says. '«
Vice President for Business and Finance
Dr. Michael J. Hoyle Brings Breadth of Experience,
Energy, and Enthusiasm
Vice President for Business and Finance
Michael J. Hoyle.
I his September, Dr. Michael J. Hoyle
arrived on campus as the Vice President
for Business and Finance and will
serve as the College's Chief Financial
Officer, responsible for managing
all funds and securities of the
College and for the stewardship .
of College resources.
He takes on the role of leadership,
direction, strategic planning, and
coordination for the Business and
Finance Department, the Department of
Plant Operations and Public Safety, the
Department of Information Technology,
Human Resources, and the Lasell
Village Business Office.
Dr. Hoyle comes to Lasell from the
Massachusetts Department of
Education, where he held the position
of Associate Vice Commissioner for
Fiscal and Administrative Policy.
Prior to that he served first as Interim
President and then President of
Mcintosh College in Dover, New
Hampshire, a private two-year associate
degree granting institution owned by
Career Education Corporation (CEC).
CEC decided to close Mcintosh College,
along with several other institutions
nationwide as part of a "strategic plan"
to concentrate resources.
"Michael was applauded by the Board of
Trustees at Mcintosh for having done
an excellent job working under difficult
conditions," says President Alexander.
"We are extremely pleased to welcome
him to Lasell's management team."
Earlier in his career, Dr. Hoyle served
first as Director of Finance and then
Chief Financial Officer for the
Massachusetts campuses of the
University of Phoenix. He has held
administrative and finance positions at
Harvard Business School and New York
University. He served for seven years as
a member of the Board of Trustees at
Roxbury Community College until he
stepped down in August 2008.
Dr. Hoyle holds a Ph.D. from New York
University in Higher Education
Administration, a Master's in Public
Administration from the University
of Massachusetts/Amherst, and a
Bachelor of Science in Accountancy
from Bentley College.
Lasell Leaves "\
Lending a Critical Eye
Journalism Students Mentor at Boston Globe's
"Teens in Print"
■ elp me find a headline!" called out
an aspiring journalist. It was deadline
day at "Teens in Print (T.i.P.)," the
newspaper written by and for teens in
Boston's public high schools, and five
Lasell journalism students were in
residence to serve as mentors, editors,
wordsmiths. and to lend their assistance.
T.i.P. is sponsored by The Boston Globe
Foundation and WriteBoston, a citywide
initiative whose goal is to improve the
writing proficiency of Boston's high
school students. Marie Franklin, Lasell's
Visiting Professor of Journalism, is the
founding editor of T.i.P. and has worked
as an editor and writer for the Boston
Globe for over 20 years.
When Professor Franklin started
teaching Journalism at Lasell last fall,
the idea of creating a mentoring
program, seemed natural. "Immediately
Geoff Caravella '10, Loren Grimes '09,
Marisa Mastrianno '09, Laura
Notarangelo '09, and Shannon Thomas
'09, were interested and
I knew that they and the
teens would connect.
The Lasell mentors would
give the teens confidence
in their abilities and
vice versa. Confidence
"The first week we went
to the Globe I was worried
that the kids would be
smarter than me,"
confesses Geoff. "But as
I worked with the teens
I discovered that they all
had an idea of what they
wanted to do and my job
was to help them focus, suggest
research possibilities, or maybe work on
the introductory paragraph with them."
"I was impressed by the level of interest
the teens had and their dedication,"
recalls Laura. "The program is open to
any high school student and they come
Lasell Mentors (L to R) Laura Notarangelo 'og, Geoff
Caravella '10, Shannon Thomas 'og, Marisa Mastrianno
'og, and Loren Grimes 'og arrive at the Globe.
to the Globe every Tuesday and
Thursday where they work to put
out five issues a year of T.i.P. It's a
way for them to express their
opinions and thoughts and they
are a talented group." e
Hello Classes from the '6os, '70s, and '8os
Marketing Research Class Conducts Survey
to Learn Alumni Preferences and Attitudes
H roposals were laid out on the table,
and the students in Dr. Hector Iweka's
Marketing Research class were
professionally dressed and ready to
make a presentation to the Alumni
Relations and Career Services staff.
"I wanted the members of the class to
consider themselves actual research
consultants who were taking on a
project for a client," says Dr. Iweka.
"When I learned that Alumni Relations
wanted to develop a database of alumni
from the 1960s, '70s, and '80s for the
purposes of networking, mentoring, and
garnering internships for graduating
students, I saw it as a unique connected
learning opportunity and as a
challenge," he continues. "The database
needs to be two-fold — to contain
updated business information on Lasell
alumni as well as data on how these
alumni might be willing to help
students. The class was presented with
a problem statement and it was up to
them to develop a plan."
The proposal that the class presented
was carefully thought out and covered
background investigation, the research
objectives, research methodology, and
the means of research reporting. It also
The entire Marketing Research class, Dr. Hector Iweka, and members of the Alumni
Relations and Career Services staff.
listed the quantitative and qualitative
questions that alumni would be asked.
Lasell Overseer Sharon K. LeVan '66,
who is a former Senior Vice President
of Marketing at both Estee Lauder and
Max Factor, offered to contribute her
marketing and consumer research
expertise and volunteered to review the
"No one has done this before," says
Alumni Liaison Patti Beck Bishop '97,
"so we don't know what to expect.
There will probably be bumps and
bruises along the way, but the
professionalism of the class impressed
us all and we are looking forward to
analyzing their results." «•
Teens in Print
By Shannon Thomas '09
took a lot away from being a
mentor at Teens in Print (T.i.P.),
some of it unexpected. I learned
about the challenges Boston public
high school students face every day.
As a student who attended a public
high school — not even close to
Boston — that had campus police
in the hallways, it was interesting for
me to hear that the concerns and
issues this group faced were the
same ones I had.
Shannon Thomas (left) 'og works
on a story with a T.i.P. student.
These teens don't have the luxury of
switching schools and heading to
the suburbs. Instead, they use their
writing skills to be proactive and try
to invoke change through their
stories. The teens regularly question
administrator and school district
decisions and sometimes even
those of other adults, which can
make life hard for them because
they are "teen" aged.
The students in T.i.P conduct their
own research, interview subjects by
themselves, and write their own
stories. T.i.P is an example of
journalism at its best: they
investigate issues that affect their
peers and continually ask, "Why?"
The T.i.P staff is the voice for Boston
high school students including
those who feel they are ignored and
distrusted by adults. Their passion
for journalism and dedication to
T.i.P is captivating and an outlet for
them to express their concerns.
I am extremely grateful to have
been a part of this publication. The
motivation, talent, and dedication
of this group to provide a voice for
Boston area teens is inspiring, r
Charting Lead-Based Paint Hot Spots
Leadership Class Works with Environmental Protection Agency
I wanted to involve my sophomore
leadership class in a project where they
could go into the field, do research,
submit their findings and see their
results at the end of the semester,"
says Professor of Environmental Policy
Aaron Toffler. "Things fell into place
when, through community contacts,
I was able to link the class to the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
and a lead-based paint study they were
doing in Roxbury."
Early in the semester an EPA program
director visited the class to train the
group on how to use a visual assessment
tool. By filling out a check list, the
students were taught how to look at a
home to see if it might be a possible hot
spot, record their findings, and submit
their data to the Geographic Information
"It was an exercise in group leadership,"
says Professor Toffler. "I wanted to see
Stephen Petrin '11 and Melanie Costa '11 review the data they have collected for the EPA.
how they managed themselves and I
knew talking to home owners about the
importance of lead paint testing would
be a challenge."
"We found that it was easy to delegate
among ourselves," recalls Andrew Mayer
'ii, "but we weren't well received in the
neighborhood. We had information
sheets that we handed out, but people
were more concerned with drug use and
violence than lead paint."
"Going into Roxbury, seeing the reality
of how others live, and realizing that
their house could be harming them was
a rude awakening for me," says Krysten
Augello 'n. "The majority of the homes
we looked at were multi-family, many
with three or more families living there.
If that house is at risk there are many
people who are threatened."
In December, the GIS produced a map
that showed the impact of the class's
data collection. "It was gratifying to
know that because of our efforts the
EPA now knows where to focus their
resources," says Professor Toffler.
The Power of Film
Honors Class Addresses Social Issues Through Video
Amanda Erickson '12 shows one of the
spoon bracelets that her group designed.
= hink about a social issue that
means a lot to you and design a
garment or an ornament that is relevant
to this cause."
This was the first part of the assignment
that Anthropology and Humanities
Professor Hortense Gerardo presented
to her freshman Honors class titled
"Custom, Costume and Culture." The
second half was to create a video that
showcased the issue.
"I knew I was challenging them.
Making a video is not easy. They had
to come up with the concept, work
cohesively in groups, and understand
all the components that go into a
documentary. I held two video
technology sessions with the class
and we went over story boarding.
Then they were on their own. I was
impressed not only by the quality of
the films that they produced but also
by the variety of causes they chose,
and the representational pieces that
"In my group we are all athletes and
runners," says Danielle Drapeau '12,
"A concern we have is traffic safety at
night as we jog. We did some research
on bio-luminescence and designed an
outfit called 'Lite Gear' that reflects in
the dark. We were pleased with the way
our outfit turned out but when it came
to making the video we discovered that
filming at night comes with its own set
In response to the narrow window
of acceptable body types promoted in
the fashion industry another group
designed a one-size-fits-all skirt.
"We thought this truly represented the
issue of culture and costume," says
Christine Thornton '12. "Girls get the
wrong image. They think they have to
be super skinny and we thought that if
we could design a skirt that was classy
and sophisticated and would fit any
body type we would show that everyone
"Spoons for Starvation" was the title of
another group's project. "We came up
with the idea of bending spoons into
bracelets," said Amanda Erickson '12.
"Food is an issue for so many groups:
the homeless, adolescents with eating
disorders, people in third world
countries who can't get enough food.
The sale of our simple silver spoons
would be a way to raise money — buy a
spoon and give a person a meal."
For the December Symposium,
the class's videos were edited into a
50-minute film titled The Virtual Runway
Project. "The students really came
through," exclaims Professor Gerardo.
"I edited the projects into six areas:
Eco-chic, Poverty and Hunger, Violence,
Health Issues, and Body Awareness. The
images that the students projected are
very powerful and the end result shows
how well they worked together in their
groups. We raised enough money at the
Symposium auction from the pieces they
created to make a donation to both the
Susan G. Komen Fight to Cure Breast
Cancer and Project Bread." >
Christine Thornton '12 demonstrates to Professor Gerardo how her one-size-fits-all skirt works.
Lasell Leaves 7
Students Seek Inspiration from Lasell Costume Collection
Fashion Goes "Green"
One might think of recycling or
conserving energy, when they consider
Going Green, but in a fashion sense,
the term is different.
Lasell fashion students took on their
own "green" project this fall based on
an exhibit of female fashion presented
by Professors Lynn Blake and Jill Carey,
at the Boston Public Library during
The professors chose pieces from
Lasell's Historical Clothing Collection,
dating from the Victorian era through
the 1980s, that highlighted the
symbolic use of green relating to
prevailing trends, social modes, and
the psychological functions of color.
At the conclusion of Fashion Week,
the exhibit returned to Lasell and
students studying Fashion History used
the examples as inspiration for their
own interpretation of green. Their final
designs were presented at the December
Connected Learning Symposium.
"The students were very creative and
took some interesting approaches to the
green concept," says Professor Carey.
"They were divided into three separate
research and design teams and the
results were impressive."
(L to R) Erin Haggerty '10, Nerissa
Jackson '11, Meredith Goldstein '11, and
Ammar Zakieh '10 created a dress made
from hemp/silk bamboo with an historic
inspiration from Renaissance detailing and
1950s cocktail dresses.
One design used a light green fabric
with eco-conscious bamboo, another
used recycled paper and other materials
in a yellow design, and a third piece
combined a vintage fabric with recycled
paper labels in an emerald green color
scheme. Each team wrote a written
summary of their research, design
process, and reflections.
"The focus was to create garments that
combined social awareness, cultural
creativity and style to promote the
impact of recent concerns that support
eco-friendly fashion. The project gave
the students a chance to explore and
blend historical fashion elements with
today's societal characteristics," says
Professor Carey, i'
Fashion Students Think Globally
Repurposing Pillowcases for
It all started when Professor Anne
Vallely wanted her visual merchandizing
students to join the "green campus" '
effort. But her idea had a more global
reach. "I tried to think of something
related to what was going on with
repurposing and to do something that
was beneficial for others. Then I heard
of 'Little Dresses for Africa,' a non-profit
organization whose mission is to provide
relief to children in Central Africa."
One way to accomplish this is by
distributing little dresses to orphan
girls in the remote villages of Malawi.
The Little Dresses patterns only require
"I gave the students the instructions
and they really embraced the idea," said
Vallely. "The students felt they would
really be helping somebody. Some
students made three, four, or even
five dresses. It really worked for a
community service project, which
is sometimes difficult for fashion
merchandising classes," she added.
The students not only welcomed the
idea of making the dresses, but they also
volunteered to make a display window
in Edwards Hall showcasing the dresses.
"I enjoyed working on this very much.
Fashion Merchandising majors Maura
Keating '11, Vicky Anson 'og, and Brianne
Kujawski '11 set up the Little Dresses for
I love to create a visually appealing
display, and highlighting a good cause
made it that much more satisfying,"
said Vicky Anson '09, a student in
The students shipped the dresses
to Africa, but the project didn't stop
there. This semester, Vallely promoted
the project further and collected
additional gently worn pillowcases
to make more dresses. *
Five Lasell Students enter "Project Mozart"
Boston Symphony Orchestra Sponsors Fashion Design Competition
lVhile classical music fans listened
to the soothing strands of Mozart at
Boston's Symphony Hall this February,
they were also treated to a visual display
of design creations made by fashion
students from the area that were
inspired by the musician. "Project
Mozart" was a fashion design
competition sponsored by the Boston
Symphony Orchestra and is part of
their new initiative called Symphony +,
which provides concert-enhancing
experiences featuring visual arts,
as well as food and literature.
Out of the 11 total student designers
chosen from the first round of selection,
five were from Lasell. Christian DiPietro
'10, Emily Hancock '09, April LeBlanc
'09, Charles Neumann '11, and
Rheanna Oliver- Palanca '11 each
created stunning original designs that
were tied to the composer in unique
and different ways.
Lasell students first learned of the
contest over the January break and
began work immediately. "We opened
up the competition to any interested
students," says Fashion Design
Professor Lynn Blake. "The entrants
produced a statement of how their
designs had been inspired by the music
of Mozart as well as sketches for a
maximum of three original designs."
"I connected Mozart's musical style
with fashions from this period and used
this information in my design piece,"
says Emily Hancock. "Specifically this
garment is related to Mozart's
composition, "Allegro," with its light
and whimsical sounds that remind me
of the playful attitude toward fun and
games that were so much a part of the
Many College faculty, students, and staff
attended the last of the three Mozart
performances and witnessed with great
pride the astounding work of the Lasell
contestants. Charles Newman's dress, a
garment that combined a dramatic
draped skirt with a beaded corset
Waiting for the judges to announce the winners are Christian DiPietro '10 (partially
obscured), the model wearing his creation, April LeBlanc 'og, the model wearing her
garment, and Charles Neumann '11, and the model wearing his design.
bodice, was chosen by the judges as one
of their top three favorites.
"I've been working on this every day
since New Years," he smiles.
"Commitment is key and I am very
proud of being part of the Lasell team
which manifested such an incredible
quality of work." I
Day at Boys' Home in Orizaba
Love and Success in Hard Circumstances
Tucked in between the Shoulder to
Shoulder Program's first week in
Coatepec and its second in Orizaba,
the group spends a day at a boys' home
that has been run by Friar Jose Maceda
Flores since the 1980s. "This is the
fourth year we have visited and the
home is a true example of community,
family, love, and the ability to overcome
hardships," says On-Site Coordinator
The boys come from abusive situations,
have been abandoned, or are sent
there by social service agencies.
"Some just show up on the doorstep,"
The home does not receive funding
from the church or any non-profit
organization. Friar Jose raises money by
going to the market on Saturday and
Sunday and asking for donations and
food. "They are literally living hand to
mouth," explains Lydia. "They have so
little but they are respectful to each
other. They destroy all stereotypes. The
home is an example of love and success
in dire circumstances."
"I was shocked when we first arrived,"
says Elementary Education major Molly
Donabedian '10. "I thought it would be
different and it took me out of my
Friar Jose Maceda Flores pauses with (L to R) Ginelle Gaulin-McKenzie '10, Molly
Donabedian '10, Kayla Lee '10 and Rachel Craft 'og, who are having fun with a pet rooster.
comfort zone. There are 36 boys there
and they live in three bedrooms —
some just sleep on mattresses. But they
are happy and carefree and they made a
tremendous effort while we visited."
The Lasell group set to work painting
the dining room and the walls of the
courtyard but there was plenty of time
to just hang out with the boys. "We were
all shy at first but we sang songs around
the piano and soon everyone was
shouting out requests," recalls Molly.
"With little Spanish, it is hard to
communicate with the boys," she
continues, "but I had a wonderful time
with Pablo, who was the youngest. He
was fascinated by my digital camera so
I taught him how to take pictures and
review them. He took the camera and
went off for a half hour. It was so
refreshing to watch him have such a
good time." «'
By Aaron Toffler, Associate Professor of
I his past January, I was fortunate
enough to have been invited to
participate in Lasell's International
Service Learning trip to Coatepec,
Mexico. I was asked to join the group
because I am interested in starting
such a program next year in Ecuador
and needed to "learn the ropes."
Working with the College's non-profit
partners in Coatepec and alongside
community members, our Lase
contingent was there to build (or start
to build) a home for one of the
residents of the community. The work
was grueling (this was not your typical
Spring Break trip), but Lasell students
did it with great dedication and no
complaint. None of us had any
experience with this type of work;
we simply followed the lead of the
community-members who knew
what they were doing.
As a practicing lawyer who has spent
the majority of my career working with
low-income communities to solve
environmental problems, it felt familiar
to be following the lead of the locals
in addressing the needs of their
community. We were not there to be
the "saviors" from the States, but
rather to assist community members
to achieve the goals that they had
arrived at on their own and, hopefully,
to learn something in the process.
The same holds true in working with
"environmental justice" communities
in this country. People from outside the
community can offer assistance, but
the local population is the expert in
what problems need to be addressed
and what is the best way to address
them. Indeed, this is the only way to
do effective community work.
So, what did I learn in Mexico?
I learned that Lasell has a robust
International Service learning program
that adds great value to a Lasell
education. I learned that students
and faculty who participate in these
programs are forever enriched and
changed by the experience. I learned
the right proportion of sand, water and
cement mix required to produce the
Professor Aaron Toffler and Molly
Donabedian '10 take a short break
from their construction work.
perfect cement. I learned home
remedies for asthma and muscle
pain. I learned about the
economics of the coffee and
sugar cane industries. And I
learned that International Service
learning programs leave a more
lasting impression on the visiting
students and professors than on
the host community. I know it
is an experience that I will not
by Aida Mejia '07
have always been an important
part of my life but Shoulder to
Shoulder is really what reaffirmed
my passion. I was a senior the
year I went to Mexico and I was
trying to figure out the direction
my career was going. The trip
confirmed my decision to enter
the non-profit world.
My time in Mexico was two weeks
of something I love to do. It's
difficult to pinpoint one thing that
impacted me the most. The overall
welcoming attitude of people we
were serving is definitely something
that has never left me. They were
thankful regardless of how big or
small our help was. And I think
that's very symbolic of what
community service is all about —
you give what you can and hope it
makes a difference for someone.
One of Aida Mejia 'oy's happiest
Shoulder to Shoulder memories is
being surrounded by smiling children.
One special moment that I hold
close to my heart is my 22nd
birthday which happened during the
trip. I remember being on the work
site sweaty and covered in dirt,
when a group of about ten children
from the elementary school we'd
visited earlier surprised me by
singing "Happy Birthday" in
Spanish. To this day that is the best
birthday present I've ever received.
I am now in Washington D.C.
working for Junior Achievement, a
non-profit organization that brings
financial literacy and economics
education programs to schools for.
grades K-12. Working on the
development side is certainly
different than what I experienced
while in Mexico, but the relevance
is still there. If Lasell extended the
Shoulder to Shoulder trip to alumni,
I guarantee I would be the first in
line to sign up." i
Lasell Leaves Q
Lasell's Links to Habitat for Humanity Grow
Honors Class Works on Vineyard
Vf e got blisters, mosquito bites, and
sore arms and backs," laughs Pearlie
Aviles 'n, "But seeing what we had
done in a short amount of time was a
Pearlie was one of 18 students in
Mathematics Professor Neil Hatem's
Honors 205 class that traveled to
Martha's Vineyard to work at the Long
Point Reservation and for Habitat for
Humanity. They were joined by Amy
Greene, the student program
coordinator for Lasell's Center for
"The focus of the class is leadership and
the skills and responsibilities that come
with it," explains Professor Hatem. "The
trip to the Vineyard gave the group the
opportunity to work as a unit towards a
common goal while providing a service
to a community."
The students climbed aboard the ferry
on Friday morning and headed to the
Long Point Reservation. They were put
to work raking, digging, and doing
restoration projects and, as they put
their backs into it, their inhibitions as
a group began to disappear.
"It's hard to know what to expect when
you take a group of students and put
them to work together," says Johanna
Heeren 'n. "I got to know people
better and I think everyone was very
open and accepting of everyone else.
We didn't really have to try and include
people because we all just kind of
On Saturday, the group got up early
and headed to a Habitat for Humanity
house. Foam core and insulation were
the materials of the day. "I didn't really
think that I would be capable of
helping, and thought I might get in the
way," confesses Sam Marquis 'n. "But
we were taught exactly what to do and I
soon realized that I could be a big help."
It was dirty and difficult but the group
was undaunted. "It was the highlight
of my weekend — scrapes, bruises,
caulking and all," says Danielle Gilfillan
'n. "Anything that won't come off my
clothes just shows the work
I put in."
Ready to work are (Front row, L to R) Pearlie Aviles '11, Ally Fox '11, Kerith Seitsinger 'u,
Professor Neil Hatem, Sam Marquis '11, Bri Kujawski '11, Emilie Boucher '11, Kaley
Maguire '11. (Back row, L to R) Neil Greene, April McGrath '11, Sarah Meyers '11, Student
Program Coordinator Amy Greene, Janice Cooper '11, Kelly Silvia '11, Boh Miola '11,
Johanna Heeren '11, Danielle Cote '11, Stephanie Ballou '11, Kyle Hermenegildo '11,
Danielle Gilfillan '11, Heather Chalone '11.
The husband of the young couple who
would be living in the house was there,
working alongside the students. "I loved
that we got to meet at least part of the
family that was moving in. It made it
seem more real and we all got right into
the job and everyone worked together,"
says April McGrath 'n. "We all knew
we had a common goal and we worked
hard. The trip influenced me to
continue to do community service
in the future." *
Students Work at Habitat's First House in Newton
It's Build Day!" exclaimed Michelle
She and six other Lasell students
(Ginelle Gaulin-McKenzie '10, Seth
Mantie '10, Meghan Rosin '10, Lindsey
Barrows 'n, Erica Zompa '09 and
Andrew Cass '10), Student Program
Coordinator for the Center for
Community-Based Learning Amy
Greene, and Americorps-'Vista
volunteer Nyndia Diligent '08 were
the team that headed to Newton's first
Habitat for Humanity project. "We're
not experienced builders, but we're
willing to learn and ready to pitch in,"
Andrew Cass '10 holds the grey board in
place while Erica Zompa 'og drills.
Habitat contacted Amy Greene who
posted the opportunity on myLasell.
"Michelle called me immediately and
spearheaded our effort. She chose the
December date and, with the help of
Meghan Rosin, fundraised for the
project, including the profitable sale
of holiday cards," recalls Amy.
Upon arriving at the two-family house,
the group was assigned the task of
putting sheetrock up on the second
floor's ceiling. "I think we spent most
of our time with our hands over our
heads," laughs Ginelle. "But before we
got that far we had to measure the
sheets exactly so they would fit. The
math side of our brains were just as
important as our muscles."
The group worked tirelessly and was
undaunted by the cold December day.
"The students came from different
corners of the College," says Amy.
"They all didn't know each other when
they started but they enjoyed being part
of the team. The fact that they gave up
their time during exam period really
says something about their dedication
to community service."
"We were pleased that we were able to
finish the ceiling by the end of the day,"
says Seth. "Habitat hopes to complete
the house by spring and it was
satisfying to be able to help the
families that will be moving to our
Newton neighborhood." i
Samantha Marquis '11 and Kerith
Seitsinger 'u prepare to cut foam core.
Li # 1
' m 1
Taking a break during a cold day of hard work are (seated) Lindsey Barrows '11, Student
Program Coordinator Amy Greene, Vista volunteer Nyndai Diligent '08, Erica Zompa '09
and (standing) Andrew Cass '10, Meghan Rosin '10, Ginelle Gaulin-McKenzie '10, Seth
Mantie '10. (Missing: Michelle Krasodomski '10).
I O Lasell Leaves
Bringing Joy to Sandra's Lodge
Homeless Mothers-To-Be Showered with Gifts
The pile of presents was huge and the
room was decorated with streamers and
balloons. Thanks to the efforts of 10
dedicated and enthusiastic students,
eight expectant mothers at Sandra's
Lodge, an emergency intake family
shelter that provides temporary housing
for homeless single mothers and their
families, were treated to a fun-filled
Many of the students who participated
took it on as their Introduction to
Human Services or First Year Seminar
service project. The group issued a
campus-wide call for donations and
it brought in more clothes and baby
products than expected. "We had so
much that we put aside some for
next semester, when we'd like to
throw another shower," says Erin
Ingleton '12, who was a driving force
behind the event.
The Lasell volunteers spent the day
before the event baking brownies,
preparing cards, and assembling the
gift baskets. "We were worried that the
women would hesitate to take the
donations," says Erin. "But, they were
thrilled. We got a thank you note from
Holding gift bags for the mothers are (L to R) Student Program Coordinator Amy Greene, Colleen McCleary '12, Rose Craige '12, Jennifer
Mulloy '12, Brynn Potter '12, Jenna-Lynn Geary '12, Allyson Murray '11, Elizabeth Allen 12, Erin Ingleton '12, Victoria Sokoly '12, and
Americorps* Vista Volunteer Nyndia Diligent '08 (missing Nicole Mello '12 ).
a mother saying how grateful she was.
She said she knew that if it had not
been for Lasell, she never would have
had a shower.
"I don't think the women were
expecting such a big party. It made us
all feel good to be able to start them off
with a little nest egg. I've never done
anything like this before and now
I'm hooked. The mothers' smiles
were infectious." *
Students Brave 30 Degree Temperatures
Sleep-Out Raises Awareness about Homelessness
By Seth Mantie '10
efore Lasell's November Sleep-Out,
I felt I knew a lot about homelessness.
However, after spending the entire
night outside in the 30 degree cold
with Dave Walsh 'no, Rose Craige '12,
Colleen McCleary '12, Mike Isherwood
'12, Sally Jean-Baptiste '12, and Student
Program Director Amy Greene, and
supported by approximately 50 other
students who stopped by, I realized that
I knew very little.
I can rattle off statistics: most homeless
people aren't in this situation because
they're lazy or on drugs; 40 percent of
homeless men are veterans; 25 percent
of homeless people have a job. But as
I laid on the grass under the full moon,
I realized that I really didn't understand
the half of it.
We came bundled up with many layers
of clothing, a couple of blankets and
sleeping bags — all luxuries that the
homeless don't have. We could also call
it quits at any point and sleep inside.
We could take a break to use the
restroom or get hot drinks, and we
each had more clothes to keep us warm
than five homeless people combined.
Still, we were on the edge of suffering
at times. It was impossible to actually
fall asleep properly in such cold and
I personally was excruciatingly
uncomfortable while wrapped in a
blanket with two layers on.
Consider that we did this only for one
night and there are people who to do
this year-round — 3.5 million people
each day in America — on nights when
it's five degrees below zero and on
nights when it's 95 degrees and humid.
These people have no roof over their
heads when it's raining in the spring,
snowing in the winter, and thundering in
the summer. They have it harder than
I ever imagined, and one night in the
cold has only barely helped me start to
Christine Malcom '11, Jen Bou-Nasijf '11, Ben Stewart '10, and Brittany Grenier '11
are wrapped up against the cold during the Sleep-Out.
The issue of homelessness isn't one that homeless people lined up in hopes of
affects just urban or poor communities. finding some food. Homelessness is
There are homeless people who live in really that close to Lasell. I invite and
Auburndale and, if you visit the Newton encourage everyone to get involved with
Food Pantry, there are often hundreds of raising awareness about this issue.
Lasell Leaves II
Event Helps Bring Understanding
Domestic Violence Awareness Week
"We had 250+ students sign the pledge
and several students made their own
tee shirts which were then hung on
the Clothesline," says Health
Educator/Counselor Kaitlin DeLucia.
"I want to thank the faculty, particularly
Professor Linda Bucci, the peer health
educators program from the Health
Education Office, and the many, many
student volunteers who helped to bring
understanding of this issue to campus."
Two outside speakers addressed the
College: Erin Miller, the Domestic
Violence Coordinator at Newton-
Wellesley Hospital, and "Jane Doe,"
a survivor of domestic violence. "It's
about power and control," said Ms.
Miller. "It doesn't have to be physical.
Often it's emotional button pushing
and, unfortunately, we can tend to
blame the victim."
The Silent Witness Display was
exhibited in the Yamawaki Art and
Cultural Center. Life-sized red figures,
each with the name and story of a
woman or child whose life ended
violently, were placed throughout the
Wedeman Gallery. "It was moving to see
student reactions and to hear the silent
communion that occurred as students
filtered through," says Barbara Asinger,
director of the Center for Spiritual Life.
"At the Candlelight Vigil," she
continues, "I felt that humanizing
victims by reading their stories and
attaching both a name, age, and their
circumstances helped us all to
remember that before someone is a
victim of abuse, domestic violence,
or violence in general, they had a
life — one that we need to honor
and learn from as individuals and
as a community." '*'
A student pauses and contemplates at the
Silent Witness Display.
Bearing Witness to Violence" was
what the week was all about and the
impact of the speakers, the exhibit of
shirts from the Clothesline Project,
the Silent Witness Display, and the
Candlelight Vigil reverberated
throughout the campus.
For several days, shirts from the
Clothesline Project hung in the Edwards
Student Center. This is a visual display
of shirts designed by the survivors of
violence or by someone whose loved
one is a survivor of violence. Many
students volunteered their time to sit at
a table by the exhibit and explain what
the project represents and asked
students to sign a pledge against
"It was important to me on a personal
level," says Rose Craige '12, who
manned the table several times. "I have
seen the effects of domestic violence
and I wanted to explain to people how
we can help."
Widening My Circle:
Interning in Manhattan
By Laura Notarangelo '09
I he much anticipated spring
semester of one's senior year in
college is a time for wrapping things
up, thinking ahead — and relocating?
In January, I moved into my new
residence in Manhattan's Upper East
Side where I'll be living until the end of
April. I took a leave of absence from
Lasell to complete Marist College's
New York Media Experience Program.
In addition to taking two online
courses and an internship seminar of
sorts, during the week I intern in the
Fashion and Beauty department at
Family Circle magazine.
My department consists of five other
women whom I assist on a variety of
tasks, including the typical intern
duties. Every Tuesday morning I sit in
on the staff meetings and hear about
the progress of stories for upcoming
issues. I've witnessed how everyone's
responsibilities in each department
play a role in getting the magazine
shipped to print on time.
A few weeks ago there was a crazed
day when I kept more than 60 models
moving through my office during a
casting call. I've also worked on a
photo shoot for a "Neutrals" fashion
spread where I steamed countless
garments. However, my main duties
are to keep the fashion and beauty
closets organized, and the amount of
merchandise that flows through each
can be overwhelming.
We recently finished working on an
affordable spring trends spread that
featured the maxi dress, stripes and
graphic prints, kimono style shirts,
and brush stroke designs. Now I'm
working on returning all of these items
because racks of bathing suits are
taking over the closet. In addition to
the clothes, there are shoes, bags,
belts, and jewelry waiting for me to
label. Plus, all the new beauty products
and makeup — I'm a product junkie
and love categorizing the latest
moisturizers, shampoos, conditioners,
new spring colors of nail polish, etc.
I work closest with the Beauty &
Fashion Assistant, and often I get to
sit in on her desk sides with her. We
listen to the product pitches and see
how the sales representatives hope to
get their merchandise into Family
Circle. I've heard talks on products to
Laura Notarangelo 'og.
regrow thinning hair, tame curly hair,
and mouthwash that'll keep your
breath fresh for twelve hours (this
sample I got to take home.)
This internship has given me
invaluable experience to see if I'd
like to work at a magazine after
graduation and has confirmed that
I would. Now that I've had the
opportunity to see all the fine details
that go into each piece published by
the Fashion & Beauty department,
I can envision myself working on
larger tasks such as writing the
feature stories, getting to meet with
public relations companies, and
attending special events (fashion
shows especially!) In the future,
I'd like to work more directly with
content that will appear on the pages
of the magazine. Family Circle has
quite a small staff where everyone
interacts with one another, and
I hope to work in a similar friendly
environment. One evening after work
I saw our Managing Editor at the
grocery store and didn't hesitate to
go over and say hello!
If I had a dollar for every time
someone said to me, "Just like The
Devil Wears Pradai" in response
to what I do at my internship,
I'd be buying all my groceries at
Dean & DeLuca by now. I haven't
gotten free clothes, but I did score
a pair of tights when I ripped the
ones I was wearing. I guess working
in the Fashion department does
have its perks! U
Geoff Siracusa, Residential Life Area Coordinator and co-advisor to the Peer Health
Educators, absorbs the moving message written on a Clothesline tee shirt.
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Myrtle Sylvester Ensor celebrated her
65th wedding anniversary in November.
She and her husband moved into a
retirement home in Orleans, MA.
"I was disappointed that there was no
news from our class in the last issue of
Leaves," writes Jeanne Daniels Wheeler.
"I know we are old but I am sure that
those of us still around, have never
forgotten Lasell and the lessons we
learned there — not just from books."
Jeanne sadly reports that her husband
has been in a nursing home for over
An update from Elizabeth Pfeiffer Fiske:
"It is a long time since we graduated.
I turned 90 in March 2008. I have
lived in senior housing in Champlain,
NY for 25 years. I have three
children, six grandchildren, and
Caroline Williamson Taylor who
lives in Alabama writes, "I took a
trip to Illinois."
An update from Priscilla Amnott
Tindley: "I have been living in
Gainesville, FL for 20 years. I am still
active and have a variety of interests.
I go walking every day." Priscilla was
married to her husband for 56 years.
He died in 2005. She has three
grown children, all who own their
Our sincere condolences to Grace
Crossland Spurr on the death of her
husband. Grace writes, "I am now a
resident of the beautiful Gables of
Farmington, CT. It is only 15 minutes
from my sister and niece. My closest
friend from Lasell, Janet Dean Hannula,
and I are in constant touch. It is fun
talking over all the good times we had
at Lasell and while living in Boston."
Our sincere condolences to Marilyn
McNie Middlebrook on the death of her
In October, Evelyn Barney Webster and
her husband drove from California to
Maine to enjoy a wonderful visit with
Doris Smith Cleland.
From Honolulu, Honey Markham
Wedeman writes, "Thea Chung Lang
'47 was the only other girl from Hawaii
when I was at Lasell, and we became
friends. When Thea read about my
husband's death in Leaves, she contacted
me. We renewed our friendship after
According to The Gardner News, Eeva
Laitinen Stromski "has a variety of
interests, jobs, and volunteer endeavors
in her life." Eeva admits to being a
perpetual student. She is also a frequent
traveler. She volunteers at the Heywood
Hospital and is a docent at The Gardner
Museum. One of her greatest interests
is being a theatre backstage dresser,
responsible for props and getting
costumes in order. She spends whatever
free time she has managing her home,
garden, and solving crossword puzzles.
From Daytona Beach, FL, Joan Wolfe
Wickham writes, "We visit Gene Starrett
Anderson and her husband each year in
Cohasset, MA. We have been dear
friends for almost 60 years."
Class of 1953
"So much has happened since my
graduation," admits Mary Potter Flint
Page. "I was married twice and am now
happily single. After retirement as chief
of children's medical services for a
program that provided specialty clinics
and funding for handicapped children,
I moved back to Gloucester, MA and
legally changed my last name to Page,
in honor of my grandparents who
were instrumental in raising me."
Regarding Lasell, Mary says, "I have
fond memories of Woodland and Briggs
and send my best to all my friends
Our sincere condolences to Althea
Janke Gardner on the death of her
husband, Harry, in October.
Seven classmates from the Class ofig$j attended the Cape Cod reception at The
Club at Yarmouthport on Sunday, September 14, 2008. Standing (L to R) Shirley
Vara Gallerani, feanette Roberts Mann, Audrey Thompson Rielle, Donna Ross
Hurley and June Martin Godfrey. Seated (L to R) Janet Gleason Nolan and Mary
Class of 1955
Classmates Joy Stewart Rice, Gigi Harold, and Lucinda Nolin Johnson reminisced
at the Cape Cod event in September which Lucinda hosted.
Bobbie Jennings was honored at the
swearing-in ceremony and reception for
the new commodores at her yacht club
in Honolulu. She received the coveted
"Member of the Year" trophy. She says,
"What a shock. So many club members
do volunteer work and deserve
recognition, but I was indeed thrilled to
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A small group of '55 graduates recently got together for a luncheon and they had
a wonderful time reminiscing about their Lasell years. They hope to make this a
regular event with more alumni joining them. (L to R) Helen LeFaivre Russo,
Beverly Kimball Lamburn, Millie Monahan Regan, Terry Brossi Garcia, Ann
Harris Hughes, Standing: Jean Mills Einarson.
Caroline Heck Crane emails, "I found
Susan Clark Stern's email address from
the online community. We are having
fun getting reconnected after 48 years."
From Stoughton, MA, Elaine Sanderson
Henriksen writes, "I have been a widow
for the past five years and am now
retired from a long and satisfying career
in Human Resources Management.
My life is busy with several volunteer
projects and productive hobbies."
Congratulations to Marsha Keyes
Tucker on the birth of her grandson.
Our sincere condolences to Barbara
Caron MacLean on the death of her
father and to Marsha Howe Neubert
on the death of her husband in
Roberta Stott Underwood writes, "I am
happily married, and we're both happily
retired. We have two granddaughters
who we love."
Our sincere condolences to Jackie
Dubin Foster on the death of her mom,
Freda Reck Dubin '44, in August. In a
letter to the Alumni Office, Jackie
writes, "My mom loved her years at
Lasell and because of her love and
memories, Lasell became my school too.
In May 2009 we would have celebrated
our 65th and 40th reunions together.
I graduated on the exact day as my
mother did, just 25 years later. Lasell
was always near and dear to her heart
and mine too."
Marie Fratoni writes, "Life in Atianta is
wonderful. Business is booming and my
family is good and busy."
Class of 1957
Audrey Mac Adam Lowe hosted a week-long mini reunion for the Class of'$j at her
home in Freeport, ME. (L to R) Muriel Hagerthy Meyer, Gloria Guiduli, Audrey
MacAdam Lowe, Millie Berg Cunningham and Paula Ristau Trespas.
The South Carolina Storytelling Guild
ran this quote about Myrna Green
McKee: "Myrna is a transplanted Yankee
Jewish American Princess who has lived
in the south for almost 30 years. Known
as a published journalist, syndicated
columnist, and comedic storyteller for
mature audiences, she has visited 23
foreign countries and 31 states with a
knapsack on her back. Her talent was
developed by the comedians of the
famous "Borcht Belt" as she provides
comedy routines that relate to today."
Our sincere condolences to Mary
Parmakian Bauer on the death of her
husband in April 2008.
An update from Barbara Tounge Giles:
"I am so sorry that I have not been in
touch for so many years but I have
thought of Lasell quite a lot lately. My
medical secretarial course at Lasell was
a true blessing to me because of all the
hospital work I did over the years. I
finished my career in 2000 in Maine.
I have two children and seven
grandchildren, including a set of twins."
Class of 1958
Former roommates at Lasell, Bonnie
Beckwith Morrison and Beverly
Bearse Sowerby took the alumni
sponsored trip to Ireland in Fall
2008. They traveled with alumni
from five other Massachusetts colleges.
The trip took them to such places as
Bunratty Castle, the Burren, the
beautiful cliffs ofMoher and the
Aran Islands. Bonnie had this to say,
"We had a great time. And whenever
I get to spend time with Beverly it is a
huge bonus as Beverly had a heart
transplant 18 years ago."
Class of 1962
Five graduates from the Class of '62 have recently been getting together to renew old
Lasell friendships. "It has been a wonderful experience." Their reunions so far have
taken place in Beaufort, SC, Hilton Head, Savannah, and Maine. Some of the
reunion highlights include walks on the beach, lobster, and a great martini bar. The
next destination is Washington, DC. The women agree they are making up for lost
time. (L to R) Marilyn Richo Cojfey, Sally Nutter Carpenter, Pat McNulty
Magnotta, Maria Lupoli Lewis, Ingrid Jonason Burch.
A long overdue lunch. Last summer, three alums from the Class of '66 who lived
together in Gardner and Ordway got together for lunch in Rockport, MA. They had
not seen each other for 42 years. (L to R) Linda Condike Ritchie, Massachusetts;
Marcia Moore Reed, Indiana. Linda Hohwieler Carpenter, Virginia.
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Seven best friends from Draper House '66 gathered in September in Sun Valley, Idaho
for a mini-reunion. These friends have been getting together for the past several years to
share memories, laughter, and precious time. (L to R) Susan Zele Buxbaum, Judy
Locke Lorenzo '67, Nancy Palmer Brandston, Carolyn Graham Romyn, Gail
MacLean Wilbum, Susan Roberts Richey '6y, and Sandra Shadle Marsilius.
Kathy Lockwood Benson retired in
2006 and moved to Canandaigua Lake,
NY with her husband of 28 years. Kathy
has a daughter and son.
Donna Kelly- Williams is a candidate
for Vice President, Labor for the
Massachusetts Nurses Association.
She states, "I am a direct care staff
nurse board-certified in pediatrics.
I am awestruck by the dedication of
nurses to their patients, and would
strive to have the same dedication and
respect extended nurse to nurse and to
each individual nurses' specialty within
In June 2008 after six years of study,
Sheree Loftus Fader successfully
defended her Ph.D. proposal in nursing
at the University of Massachusetts.
She writes, "For the past 14 years
I have worked in neurology at the
Beth Israel Medical Center in NYC
and will continue to do so." Sheree
lives in Pleasantville, NY with her
husband and son.
"I would like to say hello to fellow
classmates of 1979. Let's all try to make
it to reunion," prompts Kathy Blawie
Williams. Kathy and her husband
celebrated their 25th anniversary this
year and sent their first son off to
college. She is looking forward to being
back on campus in May.
Four Vista House friends have been getting together at least twice a year for a mini
reunion in either New England or North Carolina. In October, their visit took place in
western Massachusetts. They would love to include other former Vista House friends at
their reunions. (L to Rj Jane Kleinhenz McCarthy, Kathy Barry Freme, Robin Briggs
Newlin, Marie Errico Ward.
Margaret Cassello Bennett is a real estate
broker and appraiser with Cassello Real
Estate in Wallingford, CT. She has been
a full-time realtor for nearly 20 years.
Jennifer Leonard Hahn is married, has
three children, and lives in New Jersey.
She is an artist, and her work can be
viewed at www.jenniferleighleonard.com.
Jennifer says, "I would love to get in
touch with my classmates."
Wendy Tarfano is still working for
Retail Brand Alliance, the parent
company of Brooks Brothers. Within
the organization, Wendy has moved to
the business side of technology focusing
on customer experience and cross
channel solution strategies. In 2008,.
Wendy joined the Lasell College fashion
Andrea Kneeland Bradstreet is the
mother of three — Keira-Elizabeth,
Adam, and Colin.
From Honolulu, Heather Bohn Harada
sends an update: "I just got hired at the
17th best company to work for in
Honolulu - the telephone company.
We renewed our lease for another six
months so we are not going anywhere.
My daughter, Lilly, celebrated her fifth
birthday in November."
"I am working at Mass General Hospital
as a Patient Discharge/Transport Aide.
I am also contemplating going back to
school to become a Medical Assistant,"
writes Julie McLaughlin.
Recognizing 35 years of service to
Lasell College, Jeanne Johnsen
received a Lasell Chair at the
Annual Employee Recognition
Breakfast in September.
An update from Emily Usher Pacheco:
"I am working as a kindergarten teacher
at the same school I went to as a child.
I married my husband in 2006, and
we have a son, Lucas. He is a joy and
Head boys' basketball coach at Lyman
Hall in Wallingford, CT Mike Conner
pondered his career choices. Mike
admits, "At the end of the season several
collegiate and high school programs
approached me about coaching
positions. I decided to stay at Lyman
Hall because the bond with my players
was too strong to break."
"I work for Montefiore Medical Center
in the NY metro area as a Project
Management Coordinator. I also model
and design clothing for special
occasions," writes Jenn Edwards.
Kristine Mohan de Paula started her
own granite company in Tewksbury, MA
called RSK Marble and Granite. It
has been established for just over
Antonia Mariani '03/MSM '04 joined
the Peace Corps and is stationed
An update from Crystal Crafts Rivera:
"My husband and I are happily settled
in Iowa in our first home. Our
daughter, Lola, is now 17 months.
Wow time flies! Maybe she'll attend
Courtney Hamilton Hizey and her
husband are moving to Raleigh, NC.
Courtney completed an M.Ed, degree
in Administration and Supervision and
accepted a position as Director of a
Raleigh area preschool. She says,
"We will miss Boston but are extremely
excited for this opportunity. If anyone
is in the area, please come visit,
Andrea Kimball Roman and her
husband reside "in our new house in
New Hampshire." Their wedding took
place in October. Members of the
wedding party included Andrea's former
roommate, Rebecca Christopher '05,
Siobhan Smith Stoney '01, and
Amber King Bazdar is the new
president of the Manchester Mothers'
Club. She is a stay-at-home mom
with her son, Benjamin. Amber is
also a visual merchandiser for retail
companies in the New England
area. She and her family live in
Jennifer Pope '04/MSM '08 is working
full-time. She spends her nights
working on the prerequisites to get into
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and
Health Sciences' accelerated Doctor of
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An update from Chantel Daley
'05/MSM '07: "I am working part-time.
I have my own business, Designs by
where I design and make my own
jewelry. I am also an independent
sales representative for Beijo Bags,
www.beijobags.com. I travel as often as
I can as it is my favorite thing to do.
Otherwise, I am looking for a good
full-time job with health benefits."
In December, Keith Tower and Ryan
Morell '04 organized a pub crawl in
Waltham to raise money for Kiernan
Komarinetz '07 who was diagnosed
with cancer. Keith reported, "We
had well over 100 people show up
throughout the day with most of them
being Lasell grads. Through donations
and a raffle we handed over $4,000 to
Erica Bailey earned her Master's Degree
in Therapeutic Recreation and Child
Life from Springfield College in
Springfield, MA. She was the
commencement speaker at her May
2008 graduation. Erica has accepted a
child life specialist position at Yale
New Haven Children's Hospital.
Elizabeth Landon is a special
education teacher at the Center
School in Litchfield, CT. Elizabeth
recently completed a Masters of
Education/Special Education from
Springfield College. She admits, "I have
numerous teachers in my extended
family so teaching is in my blood."
Matt Lane began as an intern for the
Celtics in the second semester of his
senior year at Lasell. After graduating
he was offered an inside sales position
that was only guaranteed for one
season. Matt says, "The Celtics like to
hire from within, and observing the
skills of interns is a way that they look
for future employees. If you show
enthusiasm and a strong work ethic you
will have a better chance of being
hired." In the summer of 2007, Matt
was hired as a full-time account
executive in the Celtics Ticket Sales
Department. He is in charge of selling
season tickets and luxury suites for
Kelley Monahan is a marketing
specialist for Atlantic Pest Solution in
Maine. She is pursuing an MBA at
Southern New Hampshire University.
Fashion Expose 2008, the final chapter
of Boston Fashion Week, held on
September 19 at the Taj Hotel in
Boston, featured Sparklle Thames'
collection entitled, Hidden Jewel. Her
collection is described in the following
manner: "It combines love for boned,
constructed bodices with the bright
jewel tone hues of the peacock to create
a women's wear line that is fun, vibrant,
and suitable for many different
occasions. From casual, to work, to
formal, the garments in this collection
can be dressed up or down to take you
wherever one needs to go."
(L to R) Jackie Motyl 'oj and Linda
Williams '06 pause at the side of the
field. Missing from photo but present
to play was Jen Kreutzberg '06.
Shannon Garvey works with children
and adolescents with autism and other
developmental disorders at The May
Institute in Randolph, MA. She was
accepted into the Applied Behavioral
Analysis Master's program at
Northeastern University and began
Sean McCullen is an admission
counselor at Lasell College.
Our sincere condolences to Chris Roy
on the death of his father in October.
Tabatha Torres headed the team of
36 volunteers who raked leaves for
seven hours on a blustery Saturday
in November to raise money to
support basic education for 13
children in Mexico.
Alumni field hockey players returned
to Lasell College for Family, Friends,
and Alumni weekend to play some
field hockey. (L to R) Kristina Gorski
'08, Jackie Motyl 'oj, Justine
Langdon 'oj, Jackie Janda '08,
Rachael Johnson '08.
After graduating in May, Vinnie Allard
joined the practice of Munroe &
Associates at Ameriprise Financial in
Wellesley. He says, "We provide
personalized financial planning and
asset management for our clients and
so far, given all of the volatility in the
markets, it has made the start of my
career very interesting."
Rachael Johnson has been named
assistant field hockey coach at Bentley
University. This past summer, Rachael
was camp director for a field hockey
camp for girls in grades 5-12 that was
sponsored by Litchfield, MA Parks and
Josh Montinieri is an account executive
for the High Desert Mavericks in
Marian Salama was one of 36
volunteers who raked leaves for seven
hours on a blustery Saturday in
November to raise money to support
basic education for 13 children in
Mexico. She is currently employed as a
receptionist in the Admission Office of
Newbury College. She is also enrolled
in the Master's program in Higher
Education Administration at
Future Alumni Events
Class Notes for
Antonia Mariani - see 2003
Laura Thibodeau has been named
assistant field hockey coach at
Chantel Daley - see 2005
Jennifer Pope - see 2004
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organize an alumni event in the future, please contact:
Alumni Relations Office
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Newton, MA 02466-2716
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Lasell Class Notes
Hillary Roth '72 to Bruce Goemaat
Kimberly Lawton '94 to Michael Keith
Adrianne Cioffi '00 to Gregory Anthony
Katie Speranza '00 to Geoff Brown
Meredith Brady '04 to John Shaw
Katelyn Macllvane '04 to James Craig
Tracey Maloney '04 to Frank Michienzi
Jennifer Cronin '05 to
Dr. Matthew Martinez
Robert Cedrone '06 to Alexis Demas
Tricia Canavan '08 to Andrew Cornell
Patricia Graff Willoughby '58 to
Tom Suydam on September 13, 2008
David DiPerri '02 to Anushka Ali '03
on March 15, 2008
Emily Usher '02 to Peter Pacheco
Anushka Ali '03 to David DiPerri '02
on March 15, 2008
Crystal Crafts '04 to Gabriel Rivera
on May 19, 2006
Andrea Kimball '04 to Joshua Roman
on October 4, 2008
Thi Lam '05 to Jeremy Sanborn '05
on September 27. 2008
Andrea Kneeland Bradstreet '95, a son,
Colin Frances, on September 19, 2006
Emily Usher Pacheco '02, a son, Lucas,
on March 20, 2008
Jane Hupman Preston '31
on August 15, 2008
Ruth Winslow Neulieb '31
Hazel Kelly Swartwout '32
on July 23, 2008
Barbara Stover Van De Bogert '33
on December 19, 2008
Emeline Walker Fatherley '33
on January 3, 2009
Katherine Argersinger Scheiner '35
Barbara Briggs Stanton '35
Esther Joslyn Gross '35
on August 5, 2008
S. Margaret MacNaughton
Dockstader '35 on November 5, 2008
Margaret Pearl Ide '36
on July 2i, 2008
Anne Campbell Terrill '37
on March 9, 2008
Prudence Crandall Randall '37
on November 6, 2008
Edythe Cummings Mileikis '37
on January 24, 2009
Janice Rogers Wilson '39
on August 9, 2008
Marian Traxler Crum '39
on October 8, 2008
Ruth Waldron Anderson '39
Jayne Jewett Woodward '40
on November 22, 2008
H. Virginia Swan Davison '40
in July 2007
Mary Doig Nicholson '41
on December 4, 2008
Helen Otowchitz Andruskiewcz '41
on July 10, 2000
Elizabeth Pfeiffer Tatem '41
in March 2002
Joan McCraw Davies '42
on September 6, 2008
Jeanne Nestler Dart '42
on June 12, 2008
Priscilla Richardson Morrill '42
on November 22, 2008
Blandine Robbins Molyneux '42
Mary Chamberlin Skinder '43
on March 14, 2008
Clarice Lothrop Davin '43
on September 20, 2008
Elizabeth Moore Young '43
on August 9, 2008
Cynthia Neale Vienneau '43
on October 26, 2008
Dorothy Baum Roberson '44
Linda Ladd Lovett '44
Louise Moore Kaminsky '44
on March 1, 2008
Barbara Perry Larkin '44
on June 28, 2008
Elfreda Reck Dubin '44
on August 31, 2008
Virginia Harwood Nelson '45
Jean Christiansen Maloney '47
Eileen Griswold Joyce '47
on August 8, 2008
Dorothy Milkey Cole '47
on November 24, 2008
Jane Newell Marso '47
Eunice Watson Crosen '47
on February 21, 2009
Ruth Hilton '48
on January 7, 2009
Jane Alford Grimson '49
on January 1, 2009
Meredith McKone Krieger '49
on July 19, 2008
Shirley Olesen Somes '49
on December 14, 2008
Marilyn Powell Driscoll '50
Marjorie Fager Arnold '51
in July 2008
Mary Trimby Sawyer '51
Diane Cueny Harden '53
in April 2007
Ellen Dunphy Keohane '53
on July 6, 2008
Patricia Hall Fletcher '54
on November 11, 2008
Patricia Kelsey Scharf '54
on September 15, 2008
Judith Hulsman Buffington '55
on May 31, 2008
Mary Mack Gutsche '55
on January 20, 2008
Marlene Caton Mansfield '60
on October 25, 2008
Janet Sawyer Akins '60
on October 14, 2008
Suzanne Spangenberg Straley '60
on October 6, 2008
Kathleen Burke Griffin '61
Robin Good Vaughn '63
on August 6, 2008
Lois Stoker Witkowski '64
on February 1, 2008
Joann "Jody" Ryan Killeen '74
on December 9, 2008
Susan Lipsett '82
Carrie Lempke Braxton '95
on February 16, 2009
Sadly, Jayne Jewett
Woodward '40 passed
away on November 22,
2008 in Dallas, Texas.
She and her husband,
John, had a lifelong
interest in books and,
in conjunction with Jayne's 60th Lasell
reunion and the Lasell 150 Campaign,
the two made a generous gift to the
Brennan library through a Lasell Gift
Annuity. The funds are to be used to
support acquisitions that will further
the knowledge and love of books by
students. "Now that the College is a
four-year institution, there is all the
more need for reference material," said
Jayne upon establishing the fund. She
will be remembered for her role in
Lasell' s vitality and future strength.
Lasell Class Notes IV
Tackling the Subject of Disabilities
Honors Leadership Class Teaches at Newton Elementary School
It is hard to confront differences,"
says Jennifer (Jen) Bou-Nassif u.
"but after teaching the Intellectual
Disabilities unit of the "Understanding
Our Differences" (UOD) program to
the fifth, fourth and third graders at
Newton's Lincoln Eliot Elementary
School. I became much more
comfortable with the topic. And, in
teaching it, I learned more myself."
Jen was a member of Professor Sharyn
Lowenstein's Honors 205 Leadership
class and the group began training for
the administration of UOD at the
beginning of the semester. They
listened to guest speakers who have
disabilities, learned how to teach a class,
and reviewed the interactive tools they
were going to use to illuminate
For most of the class, teaching was
uncharted territory. To stand in front
of a class of youngsters requires
self-confidence and to administer UOD
also requires the ability to work with
one's peers in order to make the class
run smoothly. "We had to operate as a
group and as individuals," recalls
Kelli Taylor '11. "My mother ran a
disabilities camp which gave me a
leg up. I feel comfortable around
the handicapped, and I think my
experience added to what I could
give to the Lincoln Eliot students."
The "Understanding our Differences"
program was designed 25 years ago
and the curriculum was put together
by parents of children in public school
who wanted to make sure that
youngsters leam how to act with
and include people with all types
of disabilities. Besides intellectual
disabilities, there are also units on
deafness and blindness.
"Our goal was to make the children
understand that we can't all do things
easily and that it's important to include
everyone," says Professor Lowenstein.
"If, when we left Lincoln Eliot, the
youngsters realized that being different
Kelli Taylor '11 works with a fifth grader at the Lincoln Eliot School.
is acceptable, then we would have
accomplished what we set out to do.
So, when the fifth graders started calling
my class their 'teachers.' I knew the
Lasell students had made the connection
and we were well on our way." *'
Impressive Student Work Presented
December Connected Learning Symposium
• t Once again the Symposium offered
a fabulous display of creativity, competence,
and perspicacity that made for a wonderful,
enjoyable, and enlightening day,
says President Alexander.
Students in Professor Margo Lemieux's Drawing class used
their talents to create animal block print note cards and
sold them at the Connected Learning Symposium to raise
money for the MSPCA. The creators of the animal block
prints: (Front row, L to R) Sophia Rubinstein '12, Renee
Breau '12, Alexandra Colafemina '12; (Second row, L to R)
Colleen McCleary '12, D' Andre Orosco '12, Stephanie
Dicostanzo '12; (Third row, L to R) Erin Hennessey, '12,
Rocco Mazzaferro '12, Alyson Terlick '11; (Back row, L to
R) Justin Brown '12, Renzo Monzon '08, Gabriella
Collado '11 (missing Sarah Holcomb '12).
Mathematics Professor Malini Pilai gets a hug from Janice
Cooper '11. Standing behind (L to R) are Christina
Laughlin '12, Kelly Silvia '11, and Juliana Cenolli 'og.
All four are Math minors and Math tutors.
Students work on the "Graffiti Wall: Words of Power" in the
(L to R) Kate Near '09, Kaitlin Harris '10 and Ivan
Gonzalez '08 stand in front of the student immigration
experience poster that they created.
President Alexander Welcomes
Delegation from China
Expansion of Graduate Degrees
Lasell Now Offers Master of
Science in Communication
There was an international flavor on
campus this fall when Lasell hosted a
delegation from Shandong University
of Art and Design, including the
University's president, Pan Lusheng.
The delegation met with President
Alexander, faculty from the Fashion
Department, and other College
representatives and participated in a
tour of the College and of Boston
At the conclusion of the visit, Lasell
and the Shandong University of Art
and Design leaders agreed to further
explore a partnership between the
The delegation's arrival came on
the heels of a trip to Japan and China
made by President Alexander and
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Jim Ostrow. While in these countries,
the two met with several institutions
in hopes of building new partnerships.
They visited several colleges and
universities in Shandong Province
in China and participated in an
education fair in Beijing. In Japan,
they met with the Yamawaki family,
with whom Lasell has a long-standing
and close relationship.
President Alexander receives a gift from
President Pan Lusheng of Shandong
University of Art and Design.
The trip was designed to support
a goal outlined in the College's
five-year strategic plan to increase
diversity among undergraduate
students at Lasell.
he Massachusetts Board of Higher
Education approved a new Master
of Science in Communication
(MSC) degree and students began
matriculating in January. The approval
of the new Master's degree is a part
of Lasell College's Strategic Plan to
offer four new graduate-level programs
"Lasell was praised for its innovative
spirit and high quality proposal," says
President Alexander. "The new degree is
an important ingredient of the College's
strategic plan and it will open up
opportunities in the growing field of
communications, particularly as the
demand for skilled communicators is
predicted to grow in the coming years."
The new program is geared toward
working communications professionals
looking to advance their careers or
change direction. It will offer targeted,
career-focused education, with
concentrations in either Public
Relations or Integrated Marketing
Communication. The MSC program is
12 courses (36 credits), built around a
seven-course core curriculum, providing
a solid foundation in Communication.
"Students will create a mixture of
courses depending on their personal
interests and future career goals,"
says Director of Graduate Admission
Adrienne Franciosi. "The elective and
concentration courses give students
more freedom to build a degree specific
to their interests. The course formats
differ depending on whether they will
be traditional, hybrid, or online."
"This degree program will provide an
excellent opportunity for working
professionals to enhance their skills in
today's competitive marketplace," said
Professor Janice Barrett, chair of the
Communication Department at Lasell.
"Every organization needs competent,
talented, and skilled communications
practitioners who can define the
message, reach the audience, and
evaluate the effectiveness of
communications among internal
and external stakeholders.
"Lasell plans to train and develop these
competent professionals through the
College's new Master's degree in
Communication," she added. «*'
Current Construction Projects at Lasell
McClelland Fitness Center
A new, state-of-the-art fitness center will open in McClelland Residence Hall in
September of 2009, doubling the workout space on campus. The air-conditioned center,
which will house cardio equipment, weight machines, a stretching area, and free
weights, will be easily accessible to students who live in the surrounding six residence
halls. The rooms will be filled with light from the large windows that will overlook the
new quad created by the East and West Residence Halls.
The construction of the Woodland Road residence halls, to be called for now East Hall
and West Hall, is moving along rapidly. Checking on its progress are (L to R) Vice
President for Enrollment Management Kathleen O'Connor, President Michael
Alexander, Vice President of Lasell Village Paula Panchuck, Vice President for Business
and Finance Michael Hoyle, and Director of Plant Operations Thomas Koerber.
Lasell Leaves I Q
Dr. Brad Allen,
chair of Lasell's
Science, had two
in the Winter
of Clinical Laboratory Science. The
back-to-back articles were both authored
by Dr. Allen and Rocco Perla and are
titled "A Long-Term Forecast of MRS A
Daily Burden Using Logistic Modeling"
and "Warning System for MRS A
was invited to
lecture at the
sponsored by the
Foundation and George Washington
University this past November.
Her talk was titled "Torture and the
Speculative Press." In February, she
spoke at the Symposium "Torture and
the Body," at Whitman College, where
the title of her lecture was "The Torture
Device: Representation, News and Law."
holds a Master of
Fine Art degree
Dartmouth, gave a private paper
workshop, followed by an Artist Talk at
Worcester State College in March. She is
currently in a two-person show, titled
"Delicate Terrestrials," at Babson College.
Dr. Janice M.
serving as a
member of the
panel of judges
for the JFK Library Foundation's
Profiles in Courage essay. She is also
Vice Chair and Program Planner for
the Peace and Conflict Communication
Division of the National Communication
Association Convention that will be
held in Chicago in November 2009.
Additionally, she is serving as a Board
member for the Yankee Chapter
of International Association of
Jill Carey has
of two exhibits
this year which
from the Lasell Fashion Collection:
"The Art of Italian Style" at the Larz
Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline,
MA and "One Hundred Years of Green"
at the Boston Public Library.
will be published
in the journal
as a joint author
stress in mid-latitude temperate
forest: Implications for feedforward
and feedback controls from an
and Interim Chair
of the Committee
for the Protection
of Human Subjects
at Lasell, recently
co-authored a research article in First
Language, titled "The development of
other-related conversational skills:
A case study of conversational repair
during the early years."
recorded a jazz
CD titled "Family
The CD jacket
design was done by
Studio Art and Graphic Design Assistant
Professor Torre Terrasi and the recording
features Finsteirfs two sons on trombone
and piano. Finstein plays regularly at the
Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge, MA.
This fall, Michelle
the Director of
at Lasell. She
Director for the
MIT Portugal Program and MIT's
Lean Advancement Initiative.
She also has a rich editorial and
of Anthropology and Humanities
Hortense Gerardo's screenplay,
"Fourhand," Best Feature Film in the
Audience Choice Awards category and
the Best Feature Film in the Panelist
Awards category. Last summer, the film
of her screenplay won the Audience
Award for Best Film in the Cape Cod
section of the Woods Hole Film Festival.
It is scheduled to be in the Somewhat
North of Boston Film Festival (SNOB)
in November 2009. Professor Gerardo
is awaiting word on other juried film
festivals for which it's currently under
consideration. She is also curating a
play reading series at the Cambridge
Center for Adult Education called
"The First (W)rites Series" that features
new work by local playwrights and
composers. Her own first full-length
play, "Incubation Period," was presented
in March. And, she performed in the
piece, "Poetics: A Ballet Brut" with the
Nature Theater of Oklahoma at the
Institute of Contemporary Art.
David J. Hennessey
joined the Lasell
as Associate Dean
of Student Affairs.
He worked at
for the last 23 years, most recently as
the Assistant Dean for the Residential
Center, which included the Residence
Life Office, the Housing Office, and the
Student Affairs Administrative Systems
Department. He also served as the
director of the summer program for the
"Bentley in Bahrain" project.
and edits at
received a bronze in the Council for
Advancement and Support of Education
(CASE) District I 2009 Communication
Awards. Additionally, his first book
Boston Then and Now (2nd ed.) is soon
to be released by Thunder Bay Press.
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JVUviic . Slii'i i I
of Fine Art
had a solo exhibit
Spirit" at the
this fall. Eleven of
her pieces were selected and are on view
through May at the Illuminations Gallery
Director of the Center for Community-
Based Learning (CCBL) Sharyn
Lowenstein (center), Lasell's MACC
Diligent (left), and
the CCBL Amy
Greene (right) made a presentation at the
March Massachusetts Campus Compact
Conference in Amherst, MA on the
college awareness program, ACES
(Awareness, Confidence, Education,
Success), that Lasell launched with
the Boston Renaissance Charter
will be the Plenary
Moderator for the
plenary at the
American Family Therapy Annual
Conference (AFTA) in New Orleans
in June, where she will also moderate
a new group about teaching
undergraduates and graduate students.
She will be on the faculty of the 18th
Annual Culture Conference of the
Multicultural Family Institute of New
Jersey "Trauma, Survival, Healing,
and Transformation." Additionally,
she and three students presented a
poster session on their research about
understanding the immigrant student
experience at the annual Association for
Women in Psychology in Rhode Island.
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Director of the
RoseMary B. Fuss
Center for Research
on Aging and
mm Studies Joann
^^^^^^^^^™ published a paper
on "Subjective Age: Toward a Guiding
Lifespan Framework" in the
International Journal of Behavioral
Development. She also organized a
special issue for the Journal of
Nonverbal Behavior on "Politics
and Nonverbal Cues."
Esther Pearson was
appointed to the
Advisory Board for
the Center for
Women and Work
(CWW) at the
University of Massachusetts/Lowell.
head of Technical
Services at the
is featured as a
sidebar in the
book What's the
Options for Librarians and Info Pros by
Rachel Singer Gordon in which Pittman
discusses doing service-learning work
for literacy while also being a
the keynote speaker
at the Michigan
Annual State Conference in March.
Her article "If s More than Seeing
Green: Exploring the Senses through
Gardening" was recently published in
The Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture,
Volume XIX, 2009. Dr. Wagenfeld
has been appointed a Research
Affiliate at the RoseMary B. Fuss
Center for Research on Aging and
Intergenerational Studies. '*
Read All About It
Lasell in the News
Lasell College and Lasell Village have
received steady media coverage in
recent months related to a variety of
Lasell President Michael B. Alexander
has been quoted in several articles in
the Boston Globe related to Lasell's
international recruiting efforts in China,
Lasell's economic health, and its efforts
to continue faculty searches and fill new
and vacant staff positions. In addition,
the Boston Business Journal included
quotes from President Alexander in a
story about colleges moving forward
with planned construction projects.
Stitching together dignity
The Boston Herald and the Boston Globe
wrote articles about Lasell Village
resident Myril Bennett, mother of David
Alexrod, senior advisor to President
Obama. The Boston Herald covered the
design of her inauguration gown, while
the Globe profiled her.
In addition, Lasell College students
from the Fashion Department received
several mentions in online versions
of Boston Magazine and the Boston
Herald for their participation in a
Boston Symphony Orchestra program
called "Project Mozart," which
challenged young designers to create
Mozart-inspired gowns. The gowns
were modeled and judged during
performances on Feb. 12, 17, and 19
(see story p. 8)
College Presents First Year Academic Achievement Honors
Congratulations on your
achievements and bringing
your energy and drive to
Lasell College," said
"1 encourage you to talk
with others and share your
curiosity for learning.
Lasell College presented the First-Year Academic Achievement Awards to more
than loo students who were either on the Dean's List or who are participating
in the Honors Program.
Professors Joe Aieta, Helen Alcala, Jane
Cormuss '80 and Zaid al-Khalid '09
attended the International Society for
the Study of European Ideas in Helsinki
and all presented papers at a workshop
organized and chaired by Professor
Aieta. (L to R) Zaid al-Khalid 'og,
Professor Helen Alcala, and Professor
Joe Aieta enjoy a moment in Helsinki.
Former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis took time out of his busy schedule to talk
to Professor Paul DeBole's State and Local Government class. (L to R) Tholemson Francois
'10, Amanda Redden '12, Brittaney Danehy '12, Victoria Elms '12, Paul Meucci '10, Gov.
Dukakis, Jessica Buono '11, Jeremy Fay '12, Jason Gelb '11, and Joseph Reggiannini '12 had
the chance to get to ask the Former Governor questions.
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Donahue Institute Distinguished Scholar
"American Dream" not Universal
Darnell Williams, the President/CEO
of the Urban League of Eastern
Massachusetts, began his time on
campus by speaking to a full audience
in de Witt Hall about the experiences
of black people in the context of
leadership, power, and people.
"History should enlighten us about the
importance of leadership," he said, "and
Presidential leaders define our time."
He xised Jefferson, Lincoln, Franklin
Roosevelt, and John Kennedy as
presidents who have greatly influenced
civil rights and freedoms in America,
and the black experience in particular.
"They all led at crucial times in our
history but the experience beneath
the American dream has not been the
same for all races," he said.
"Civil rights mean that there are no
second class citizens. America has
changed but it needs to change
more. There is value in the hard
work and sacrifice that has occurred
in the last ioo years and we must
learn from our setbacks. Leadership
and perspective matter."
Darnell Williams was able to visit four
classes after his de Witt talk: "Race and
Ethnicity, "Police and Society," "Justice,
Class, Race and Gender," and a first
year seminar on Presidential Politics.
"Education helps you understand the
practical aspects of life and illuminates
the points of contradiction. It makes the
invisible visible." '«
The Next Civil Rights Battle
Cay Marriage Debate Draws Crowd
Former Massachusetts State Senator
Cheryl Jacques and Massachusetts
House Majority Leader John Rogers
squared off on the topic of gay marriage
this fall. The debate was sponsored by
the Donahue Institute for Values and
Public Life and the student group SAFE
(Students Advocating for Equality.)
Jacques, former president of the
Human Rights Campaign and now an
adjunct faculty member at Lasell and
a national leader in the gay civil rights
movement, took the position in support
of gay marriage while John Rogers, who
serves on the House Committee on
Rules, took the opposing position.
Speaking to an interested and engaged
gathering of students, faculty, and staff,
Jacques told the group they were
witnessing the next civil rights battle.
"We are at a crossroads in this country.
We are literally writing the next chapter
in civil rights," she said. "Today
Americans are faced with the same
kind of bigotry in the workforce, the
denial to serve our country, and the
denial to marry the person we want to.
The arguments are hauntingly familiar
to what has been used before."
Former Massachusetts State Senator
Cheryl Jacques and Massachusetts House
Majority Leader John Rogers.
Rogers, who opposed the idea of gay
marriage but supported equal rights
for those joined in civil unions, said
he was in favor of a separate and equal
institution for gay couples. "Separate,
per se, does not mean unequal,"
Jacques noted that under the current
federal laws, civil unions are not equal
in status to marriage. Rogers agreed
and added that the federal laws should
be changed, but did not back away from
his view that marriage is a union
between a man and a woman, not
people of the same sex. '¥
Darnell Williams takes time to discuss a point with a Lasell student.
Engaging and Educational Day
Lasell and Science Club for Girls Sponsor Teambuilding/Leadership Forum
rorty girls, from kindergarten through
seventh grade, arrived on Lasell' s
campus to participate in a day of
carefully planned activities that were
designed to excite their curiosity about
the possibilities of science, math, and
technology as well as to enhance their
leadership skills and self-confidence.
The Teambuilding/Leadership Forum
was created through a partnership
between Lasell and The Science Club
for Girls (SCFG), which was founded in
1994 to promote gender equity in the
sciences in a fun, nurturing, and
The keynote was delivered by Dr. Esther
Pearson, LaselTs very own professor
of Mathematics. She spoke about
opening doors that can lead to a career
in science. "Start early and don't shy
away from mathematics," she urged.
"Be willing to work in teams and be
Morning activities were planned and
lead by Lasell students who came from
such diverse majors as Education,
Allied Health, and the sciences and
their enthusiasm was catching. After
lunch, the girls performed skits that
related to what they had learned as
well as on how to be a good friend
and a leader.
"It was wonderful how all the pieces of
this giant puzzle came together and to
see how fully the SCFG girls responded
to the well-planned activities," says
Sharyn Lowenstein, director of the
Center for Community-Based Learning.
"I heard that as the parents drove their
daughters home there was non-stop
chatter about all the events and that one
third grader exclaimed, 'I was really
surprised that I could be in college at
such a young age.'" V
Young scientists stand ready to demonstrate their inventions.
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Dr. Terrence Roberts Shares Life-changing Experiences
Civil Rights Pioneer Tells Story of Segregation and Survival
As a youngster in the 1950s, it took
several epiphanies for Terrence Roberts
to realize that segregation made no
sense, was illogical, and wrong. So,
when the opportunity came for him to
make a statement — by becoming one
of a handful of black students to break
the segregation cycle in a little Rock,
Arkansas high school — he was ready
and he jumped at the chance.
Roberts, at age 15, became one the
of the Little Rock Nine in 1957 who
made history by attending formerly
segregated Central High School.
Sponsored by Lasell's Office of Student
Activities, the Campus Activities Board,
and the Donahue Institute, he shared
these life-changing experiences
with the Lasell Community, relating
stories of abuse, racial inequality, and
beatings that he and the other eight
"We nine were dedicated to going to
that school and wanted to make a
statement that this whole system was
cockeyed," said Roberts. "What shocked
us was the intensity. The crowd of
people — grandmothers and mothers,
holding their children — were all
shouting out this racial invective. It was
quite a scene. By the end of that year we
were pretty beaten down both physically
Roberts, a self-described "nerd," told
stories of his English teacher asking
him point blank why he didn't go back
to his own school. He recalled
pondering why she thought that schools
were "owned" by a color. He had other
stories of the pressure that was placed
on families so that their children would
not socialize with the "Little Rock Nine"
— or else their businesses would suffer,
Roberts, who gave his talk as part
of Lasell's Black History Month
celebrations, related these stories
with a quiet and calm demeanor and
suggested that even more than 50 years
later, there is still work to be done.
Dr. Terrence Roberts.
He reflected that this country and many
of its citizens have discriminated
against people of color for centuries,
and it will take time for people to
completely change their behavior.
"There is a thin veneer of civility, but we
have to crack through that. There has
to be chaos before there is change,"
Roberts said. *»'
A Greener Campus
Lasell Swiftly Moves Toward Sustainability Coals
' rights off, thermostats down, plastics
and paper recycled, food and water saved.
These are all accomplishments that
Lasell College can claim since the
school made an earnest commitment
to becoming a "greener campus" in
2008. With the creation of Lasell's
Environmental Sustainability Committee
last fall and the adoption of the
committee's specific goals for the
campus, students, faculty, and staff
have already made measurable changes
in just a few short months.
"I have learned so much by
participating in this effort," says
Kayla McKenna, '09. "I have seen
that it's definitely possible to be an
advocate for something and actually
make change happen."
"The big goal this year was instituting
a recycling program. Last year we
didn't have one," said Professor Michael
Daley, chair of the Environmental
Sustainability Committee. "Next year we
want to maximize our use of it and have
a 50 percent reduction in waste. With a
sustained educational commitment,
we can reach our goal."
Starting in January, single stream
recycling was introduced across
campus. It allows for many items,
including cardboard, paper, aluminum
cans, plastics numbered 1-7, magazines,
and clean plastic cups to be recycled
in the same bin. Offices and dorms
received new receptacles — replacing
regular trash bins — as well as posters,
flyers, and stickers to help promote
In addition, over the last several months
Lasell's Plant Operations department,
lead by Director Tom Koerber, has
targeted buildings on campus for the
installation of new, energy-efficient
windows, new heating systems, energy
efficient lighting, additional insulation
and low-flow water fixtures.
The campus has also seen success from
its trayless dining initiative in the
campus cafeteria — which began last
fall. According to Daley, the effort is
starting to make a real impact in the
reduction of food and water waste in the
dining hall: there has been a 40 percent
reduction of waste since 2007, when the
measuring first began.
Several environmental classes have
conducted field research projects to
investigate green practices and
understand their impact on the
environment. In the fall, students in
Professor Daley's Biology class visited
and volunteered at the Newton Angino
Farm where they learned about the
diversity of organisms present in the
soil as well as sustainable farming
practices. Biology students also traveled
to the Sherborn, MA home of President
Michael Alexander to investigate water
quality differences in two ponds on
Coming later this spring, Lasell's
Committee will try to impact the
College's green efforts further by
reducing the transportation miles
of students, faculty, and staff and
decreasing the school's carbon footprint.
"Lasell is definitely making a sustained
effort and, as a community, we are
making improvements steadily,"
(L to R) Jennifer Duest '09 and Jessica Moloney '10 measure the water content at a pond
near President Alexander's home.
Lasell Leaves 2iX
A Proud Mother
Obama Inauguration Marks a Special Moment for Villager Myril Bennett
(L to R) President Barak Obama with
Myril Bennett, her daughter Joan Axelrod
and son David Axelrod.
He was so
What he said,
us up. He
so calm, yy
Hrl yril Bennet, a Lasell Village resident,
has seen Presidents Johnson and
Clinton sworn into office and danced
at their inaugural celebrations. But this
year was something special because
she is the mother of David Axelrod,
the chief campaign strategist for
President Obama and current Senior
Advisor to the President.
"How many people can say that they
achieved their dream? David's was to
sell a candidate for his positive
attributes and he did that with Obama,"
Myril says. "How fortunate for any
parent when their child achieves that."
She watched Obama's historic campaign
unfold with a unique viewpoint — part
attentive and involved mother and part
insider. Through regular phone calls
from her son, the involvement of her
daughter Joan and grandson in Obama's
campaign, and the participation of her
grandsons in the Democratic National
Convention in Denver this summer,
Myril kept tabs on the inner
machinations of the campaign and
observed the star quality of President
She recalls the inspiration she felt
when hearing Obama speak in Boston
following the candidate's New
Hampshire primary loss. Her son
had arranged for her to attend the event,
but the mood of the participants was
somber after the loss — until Obama
lifted them up.
"He was so welcoming and inspiring.
What he said, it picked us up. He always
seems so calm," she says.
Myril added that her son's deep
involvement in the campaign
sometimes left her awestruck. "I can't
believe that David was making all these
decisions that would impact so many
people once Obama was elected,"
So, it was with a full and proud
heart that Bennett set off to Washington
D.C. with her daughter Joan to
celebrate Obama's election and her
son David's contributions.
And, she did it in style. With the urging
of her daughter, she visited "Yolanda's
Salon" in Waltham to select a gown for
the occasion. There she met designer
David Josef who walked Myril through
the process to pinpoint a design for the
occasion and he custom-designed the
dress she wore by combining aspects of
two different gowns from his collection.
Myril, although demure about all the
fuss, was thrilled about being a part
of the festivities. She attended the
inauguration itself as well as one of the
balls, but most of all, she celebrated
with her family the contributions they
made to this moment in history, i'
Myril Bennett models her inaugural gown.
Villager Doris Winder and Rockwell
Children Have Special Relationship
This is my thing," beams Lasell
Villager Doris Winder, surrounded
by young students at the Holway
Child Study Center/Rockwell. Doris
visits every Tuesday and Thursday
and is delighted to volunteer her
Professionally Doris is a social worker
and she worked for the Department
of Mental Health in Massachusetts.
She made a change when she moved
to Philadelphia and opened a child care
center which she ran for five years.
She has also produced a video on home
day care. "You never know where life's
turns are going to take you. I have my
LICSW and 13 letters after my name,
but at one point I couldn't find a job.
I had never imagined making a video
but my daughter worked for Channel 5
and she gave me encouragement and
helped me find a photographer. The
video ended up winning awards and
was used all over the country. It and
being a day care director are the two
things in my career that I am most
"When I moved to the Village three
years ago and learned about Rockwell
I immediately volunteered.
"I really enjoy five year olds. They
verbalize, take such pleasure in
knowing their letters, and are beginning
to write words. I look forward to being
with them every week."
Doris Winder and Griffin Bond work together writing the alphabet.
2 A Lasell Leaves
Message from Karen Gill, Director of Alumni Relations
Office of Alumni Relations
1844 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA 02466-2716
fax (617) 243-2383
y ith the economic climate of the times
and the uncertainty of the world around
us, now is the perfect time to make plans
to come back to Reunion Weekend with
your friends and classmates. We try to
keep events as cost-effective as possible
while offering you an opportunity to
reconnect with friends in an
environment where there once were
more certainties. One of which is that
there is no price tag that one can attach
to the value of friendship. Being back on
campus will underscore all the good
times that are needed right now.
So, contact your friends — find them
in the Lasell Online Community at
www.lasellalumni.org — and take a
weekend for yourself to recharge and
reinvigorate some meaningful
relationships with which to continue
in the future.
Karen B. Gill
Director of Alumni Relations
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II What are you going to
do with your one wild
and precious life?
This is my last letter to our community
as your BOM President. I wanted to
dedicate it to all the Board of
Management members who have
tirelessly given time, creativity, energy,
laughter, debate, and financial support
to our Lasell. Over half of our members
have been on the Board for more than
20 years. That dedication speaks to what
Message from the President
of the Board of Management
kind of institution Lasell is — not every
year has been easy, some have been
challenging for both members and the
College — but we never gave up. These
women (and we are always looking for a
few good men) have made their love of
Lasell a top priority.
From personal experience, I will tell you
that having an organization that is about
the greater good (and not about bills,
family, friends, or work) helps put life
in perspective. During my years as a
student, community service was a value
Lasell espoused and it still does today.
This is an organization that lets its
members get as much as they give.
It keeps your mind alive.
One cannot help but be energized by
our students, faculty, and staff and all
that they are accomplishing. It motivates
you to keep striving in your own life.
Think of how much Lasell has grown,
expanded, and evolved in the years since
you studied on campus! I only hope that
we can do that in our own lives as well.
If you are like me, while you are reading
your copy of the Leaves you might be
cooking dinner (ok — ordering take-out)
or trying to get to the phone before you
lose your place in an article. I am asking
you to take a moment, let the dinner
burn or the take-out get cold, and think
of someone who left an imprint on
your life at Lasell and thank them by
re-engaging in OUR community.
We cannot do our work alone.
I encourage you to fill up your life with
people, places, and experiences that
challenge and inspire you. I promise
Lasell is still a place that does that, but
now you don't have finals at the end, just
personal satisfaction. Thinking of which,
when I started my term two years ago,
I was not looking forward to writing
these letters at all — "homework!"
Surprisingly, as I sit on my couch on a
windy cold day, I realize this just might
be one of my favorite parts of the gig.
Writing to you gives me time to reflect
on what is important in my life and
I would like to thank the entire
community for this opportunity.
Again, to all the members of the BOM •
and those who support us, what you do
for Lasell is noticed, appreciated, and the
rest of you get on the band wagon and
come on down!!!
Volunteer Reunion Coordinators
- Reunion Weekend, May 15-17
Jean Michael Petersen
Gloria Boyd Major-Brown
Nancy Curtis Crellier,
Nancy Lawson Donahue
Carol Rofer Hofmann
Carolyn Wood Brox,
Frances Reid Smith,
Joan Conradi McLaughlin
Vivien Ash Gallagher,
Marsha Keyes Tucker,
Beverly Landros Bley
Ellen Evans Little
Pam Henderson Pagliaro,
Cathie Saunders Simard
Betsy Harkins Dorisca
Lasell Leaves 2S
Jess Harmond '12, granddaughter of Jacqueline Eldridge
Holihan '44, stopped by the Alumni Office for the Legacy
Open House, September 4, with her parents.
Urit Chaimovitz 'g8, Joy Stewart Rice '55, and Nancy
Curtis Grellier '49 represented the Alumni Board of
Management at the Student Activities Fair in September.
Karen Lord Conwy '^g and her husband, Thomas, spoke
with Michael Alexander after the "Triumph of Marriage"
exhibit tour at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, FL.
Mary Barbara Alexander spoke to Elliott and Gail
Winalski Burd '58 before the Naples, FL Philharmonic
President Alexander stands with the winners of the golf
outing at Braeburn Country Club in September: (L to R)
Keith Tower '05, Ryan Morell '04 Greg Koch '05, and Joe
Alumni Board of Management members Joy Stewart Rice
'55> Jennifer Pope 'o4/'o8 MSM, Jessica Anthony 'g8, and
Urit Chaimovitz '98 met Marina Rose Seitsinger 'yg/Parent
ofKerith '11 at the River Day Festivities.
(L to R) Vicki Tenney Graboys '67, Volunteer Bonnie
Berman Wugman '72, Thomas Graboys, M.D., and
Michael Alexander. Dr. Graboys and his wife spoke with
the Lasell community about his Parkinson's disease and
how they cope as a family. His book, "Life in the Balance,'
was available for purchase.
The President of the Alumni Association, Urit Chaimovitz
'98 bonded with the President of the Student Council,
Amanda Miller 'og, at the River Day races.
Sisters (bottom) Betsy Harkins Dorisca '84 and Lee Harkins
Tran 'jg attended the Lasell College Red Sox game in June.
Ann August Marcus '56 (standing) and her "big sister, "
Thelma Greenberg Florin '54, got reacquainted at the
West Palm Beach, FL Lily Tomlin event.
Sisters Jan Parmenter Bogardus '56 and Linda Parmenter
Goulding '64 attended the Lasell College Red Sox game in
September. The Red Sox clinched a berth in the playoffs.
It was a beautiful day for strolling the gardens at the Morakami
Japanese Museum and Gardens in Delray Beach, FL.
A Five Star Volunteer Gives Back
Bonnie Berman Wugman '72
£ [4Y*--*- 1 1 1* m ^V^ 1 i fi
and an invaluable
member of the
team — Bonnie
'72 may not have an office on the Lasell
campus, but she is constantly working
behind the scenes to raise money for the
Board of Management and to make
Alumni events happen.
A former Florida resident, she willingly
took on the role of volunteer reunion
coordinator for her 30th reunion when
she was contacted by Alumni Relations
Director Karen Gill. "I was very pleased
to reconnect with Lasell since, looking
back, attending the College was one
of the best decisions I ever made,"
When Bonnie and her husband moved
back to Boston in 2002, she called
Karen to see what she could do. "I knew
I wanted to get involved and give back to
the College that had given me so much.
Karen immediately told me about the
Board of Management (BOM) and, as
they say, the rest is history."
For the last two years, Bonnie has been
the BOM's Benefits/ Special Events
Chair and has headed up many
fundraising efforts, including the 2008
Natick Collection Holiday Giving Spree,
the Celtic's tickets fundraiser, the
Shaw's/Star Rewards program, and
the Lasell Cookies Sale during Family,
Friends, & Alumni Weekend.
Bonnie also put her event planning
skills to work and organized an evening
with Dr. Thomas Graboys and his wife,
Victoria Tenney Graboys '67, where they
discussed his book, Life in the Balance.
And, with her Florida background,
she helped plan the alumni events
for President Alexander's February
"I can't thank Bonnie enough for all that
she does," says Karen. "She's a much
appreciated member of our team." '«
Save the Date for Future Alumni Gatherings!
Throughout the year, President Michael
Alexander, and members of the Institutional
Advancement staff will be traveling around the country to
meet with alumni from all class years at Lasell gatherings.
It's a chance to meet and network with other alumni in your geographic area
while also hearing the latest information about Lasell. Please contact the
Alumni Relations Office if you can help to provide ideas, organize an event, etc.
The office creates and mails all invitations.
Upcoming 2009 Alumni Events
April 26 - Entertainer Bill Cosby and dessert reception, Englewood, NJ
May 8 - Washington D.C. area reception and dinner
May 15-17 - Reunion Weekend/Commencement
July 29 - Red Sox game - Fenway Park
August 27 - Red Sox Game - Fenway Park
September 13 - Red Sox Game - Fenway Park
September 16 - Golf Outing, Braebum Country Club, Newton, MA
October 16-18 - Family, Friends, & Alumni GOLD Reunion/River Day Weekend
Upcoming 2010 Alumni Events
May 14-16 - Reunion Weekend/Commencement
May 25-June 2 - Trip to Provence, France
For more information on all events please go to the online community:
Members of Lasell Alumni, Inc. 2008 - 2009
President: Urit Chaimovitz '98
Vice President: Crista Cannata '04
Jessica Anthony '98
Patti Beck Bishop '97
Jenn Brooks '99
Crista Cannata '04
Chantel Daley '05
Nancy Curtis Grellier '49
Jackie Paulding Hauser '50
Caroline Knoener-Skowronek '83
Kathy Morgan Lucey '67
Ann Mignosa '87
Sean McCullen '08
Jennifer Pope 'o4/'o8 MSM
Secretary: Joy Stewart Rice '55
Treasurer: Nancye Van Deusen Connor '57
Casey Rich '07
Katie McDonough Ryan '67
Gloria Drulie Schluntz '50
Jenn Toscano Seibert '04
Linda Telfer '60
Marsha Keyes Tucker '64
Amy Pilat Weksner '04
Lynn Blodgett Williamson '46
Bonnie Berman Wugman '72
Ruth Turner Crosby '42/H'g2, Emerita
Red Sox tickets!
Due to the enormous popularity of
Red Sox tickets, we have had to
change the procedure for obtaining
tickets. Please read this message in
its entirety before taking action!
Red Sox tickets available for the 2009
season: Tickets may be purchased
on Tuesday, June 2nd by calling
beginning at io:oo a.m. and until the
tickets are SOLD OUT! Please note:
Only two (2) tickets per alumnus are
available at $64.95 each, sold on a
first come, first serve basis, one game
per phone call. There is a $5 donation
per ticket included in the ticket price
to benefit the Lasell Alumni, Inc.
Scholarship Fund. You will be
required to provide your name,
address, telephone and graduation
year, along with your credit card and
expiration date, billing zip code and
current e-mail address to complete
your ticket purchase. Game dates:
Wednesday, July 29th at 7:05 p.m vs.
Oakland and Thursday, August 27th
at 7:05 p.m. vs. Chicago White Sox.
Seats are located in the right field
box. Tickets may be picked up at
Bertucci's Restaurant, 533
Commonwealth Ave., in Kenmore
Square between 5:45 and 6:45 p.m.
on game day.
The Alumni Relations Office will be
selling tickets to a final game on
Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 1:35
p.m. vs. Tampa Bay. Seats are $35 per
person including a $5 donation per
ticket to benefit the Lasell Alumni,
Inc. Scholarship Fund. Seats are
located in the right field grand
stand, section 10. Register at
or call 617-243-2467.
Members of the Alumni Board of Management for 2008-2009
A TISKET A TASKET...A FUNDRAISING BASKET
Lasell Alumni, Inc. is sponsoring a raffle of Theme Gift Baskets during
Reunion Weekend (May 15-17, 2009) to raise funds for the Alumni
Student Scholarship Fund.
Baskets will be displayed after May i on the www.lasellalumni.org/baskets09
web site to allow folks to view them in advance. Possible baskets include:
• Wine Basket • Cooking Basket • Sports Basket
• Baby Basket • Movie Night Basket • Spa Basket
• Gardening Basket • Car Care Basket
Lasell Leaves 27
Major Gifts and Planned Giving
Making a College Education Possible: Celebrating Scholarships
Katharine Urner-Jones '83
Special Assistant to the
President for Leadership
Office of Institutional Advanceme
1844 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA 02466-2716
Fax (617) 243-2383
I hese are challenging economic times,
and — for students — receiving a
scholarship can be the difference that
enables him or her to obtain a Lasell
education. Lasell seeks to attract and keep
star students such as Andrew and Kayla
(see spotlights below), who are having a
profound impact at Lasell and in the
world beyond our campus. We respectfully
request your help in this endeavor.
Scholarship support, both through
endowed funds such as those listed
here and through student financial aid
packages underwritten by the Annual
Fund, help deserving students come to
and remain at the College — no matter
what level of need their financial
circumstances may present.
If you are interested in helping students
achieve their dream of a Lasell College
education either through a special gift to
create an endowed scholarship in your
name (or to honor someone else) or to a
current use scholarship via the Annual
Fund, please contact me. Your gift will
open doors. '«
Scholarship Recipients Shine
-.--> unrounded by
children's books in
the America Reads
office in Lasell's
W. Mayer '11,
the recipient of the Virginia Thomas
Baxter '39 Endowed Scholarship, is
the administrative hub of the program.
"I really created my own position,"
he smiles. "Last year I was a tutor and
I came away from the experience with
a lot of suggestions on how to make
things run more smoothly."
This year, Andrew is a Resident Assistant
in Holt Hall on campus and he is also an
Orientation Coordinator, a position that is
awarded to students who can serve as role
models for the orientation leaders and
incoming students. In March, he traveled
to Nicaragua on the Lasell trip. "With all
my America Reads background, I couldn't
have asked for more than to put my
experience to work for the Biblioteca in
San Juan del Sur."
A self-proclaimed efficiency expert,
Andrew has managed to find time to
volunteer with the ACES college
education program for fifth and sixth
graders at the Boston Renaissance
Charter School, giving the youngsters
campus tours and explaining what a
typical day at college is like. He also ran
the Trick or Treat for Cans drive and the
neighbors embraced the program.
"Diane Austin, dean of Student
Affairs, said to me, 'You can't major
in extra-curricular activities,' but I'm
not so sure," he laughs.
"I'm enjoying every minute at Lasell,"
he continues, "but none of this
would have been possible without
the aid I have received from the
It's hard to keep
up with Kayla R.
the recipient of
the Jean '49
and Cynthia '78
Scholarship, and it's not just because
she's the captain and fastest female
member of Lasell's cross country
team. She also is involved in many
A Graphic Design major and a member
of the Honors Program, Kayla has been
lending her design skills to many
groups on campus. Long interested in
the College's Green Campus Initiative,
she created its logo and the recycling
posters that are displayed in every
building. She has also worked for
Institutional Advancement for four
years and is responsible for many of the
eye-catching brochures, invitations, and
postcards that are mailed by the office.
For her senior thesis and Honors
component, Kayla is very excited about
Selected Lasell Scholarships and 2008-2009 Recipients
With Gratitude from Lasell College and the Past, Current,
and Future Student Recipients
Florence Adams Scholarship
Sarah M. Turnage '11
Joan Weiler Arnow '49 and
Robert H. Arnow Scholarship
Emilie B. Boucher '11
Ariella Harrington '10
Robert H. Hansen '09
Virginia Thomas Baxter '39 Endowed Scholarship
Andrew W Mayer '11
Emma Gilbert Carver '45 Scholarship
Stephen Vanderwerken '09
Eleanor T. and Alfred C. Edwards Scholarship
Stephanie Ballou '11
Max M. and Marian M. Farash Scholarship
Michael P. Ansaldi '10
Celia C. Foss '34 Scholarship
Jessica E. Kuczwara '10
Jason Georgilas Scholarship
Andrea D. Ajila 'n
Sylvia Goodman Scholarship
Nathan M. Asdourian '09
Elizabeth Groth Johnsen '45 Endowed Scholarship
Jessica M. Zabchuk '11
Claire Kay Memorial Scholarship
Jessica L Handy '10
The Eleanor C. Kiefer Endowed Scholarship
Amanda N. Corey '09
Cornelia Hemingway Killam '22 Scholarship
Kristen A. Augenfeld '10
The Dr. and Mrs. Bernard Lederman Endowed Scholarship
Lauren E. McCormack 'n
Jean '49 and Cynthia '78 Sargent Lee Endowed Scholarship
Kayla R. McKenna '09
Marjorie MacClymon '32 Scholarship
Mathew A. Stambler '09
Jo-Ann Vojir Massey '51 and
Anna A. Vojir Endowed Scholarship
Erich O. Schiebel '09
The Mary McNamara '56 and Antoinette Ruinen '56
Fund for International Students or Studies
Nara L. Paz '09
Sebastian F. Mignosa Scholarship
Chelsea F. Ferreira '11
Constance W. Milner Scholarship
Matt S. Young '11
Eileen Ruth Moses '78 Scholarship
Amanda R. Major '10
John O. and Celia Kinsley Percival '34
Joshua P. Montinieri '09
Rosalie Brightman Rosen '27 Scholarship
Kali A. Smith '09
William E. Schrafft and Bertha E. Schrafft
Ashley D. Murphy '10
Jessica C. West 'n
Samantha M. Rivas 'n
Joanna M. Orlando '10
Bosudeb D. Majumber 'll
Elisse Allinson Share '65 and Jennifer A. Share '98 Scholarship
Carla M. Pantuosco '09
Lucy Johnston Sypher Scholarship
Loren E. Grimes '09
Betty Culver Thomson '48 Endowed Scholarship
Ashlyn D. Chesney '09
Molly E. Upham '35 Scholarship
Amanda M. Diotte '09
Lauren K. Ennis '11
Erica A. Desautels '09
The Ward-de Witt Presidential Endowed Scholarship
Hitomi Tajima '11
Joan Howe Weber '51 Endowed Scholarship
Danielle de Marquez '09
Harriet Markham Wedeman '48 Endowed Scholarship
Lauren Tousignant '09
Richard A. Winslow Scholarship
Laura C. Walters '10
Priscilla Alden Wolfe '19 Scholarship
Timothy P. Jutras '09
an animation sequence she is creating,
using her design skills. "I am
interviewing children from the ages of
four to eight, asking them philosophical
questions, such as "What do you think
love is?" and "How did the Earth
begin?" I am then going to illustrate
their answers and create a 10 minute
animation piece that will run at the
May Connected Learning Symposium.
In January 2007, Kayla traveled to
Mexico with the College's Shoulder to
Shoulder program and was deeply
affected by the poverty she witnessed.
She returned to Central America with
Lasell's Nicaragua program in March in
order to work closely with the children
who so desperately want to learn how
"I feel so lucky to have been at Lasell
for four years and I'm so appreciative of
the funds that I've received through the
Lee scholarship," says Kayla. "I think
what I am going to miss most are my
professors. They want you to excel and
they have made it possible for me to be
involved in so much. They are always
willing to go one step beyond — their
support has made everything possible
for me." r
Major Gifts and Planned Giving
"Passion, Design, Performance: The Art of Italian Design"
Donors Dine Surrounded by All Things Italian
Ask anyone who attended this year's
Leadership Donor Recognition Dinner
on October, 27, 2008 and they will tell
you that the experience felt like they
were transported back in time. The
setting was extraordinary — a carriage
house constructed in 1888 resembling
the French chateau "Chateau de
Chaumont-Sur-Loire." Guests were
surrounded by exotic Italian sports
cars — Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and
Maseratis, many of them antiques. And
to make it even more exciting, everyone
was treated to an exhibit of Italian
fashion designs from the Lasell College
Historic Clothing Collection, including
pieces by world-renowned designer Leo
Narducci. So, could it get any better
than that? Yes. Leo Narducci, president
of Narducci Designs was in attendance
and spoke briefly to the crowd of 120
guests. And the highlight of the evening
was a fashion show featuring collections
from current Lasell fashion design
students and alumni.
It may have felt like France or Italy, but
in reality guests were in Brookline,
Massachusetts at the Larz Anderson
Auto Museum. The museum, a local
treasure, grew out of a tradition by
wealthy socialites Larz and Isabel
Anderson who opened the doors to
their spectacular carriage house on
Sunday afternoons to share their
collection of antique American and
Adelaide Shaffer Van Winkle '^6/H'g6
has a Lasell president on each arm.
European vehicles with the public. The
Andersons purchased a new car nearly
every year, acquiring 32 brand new
motorcars during their lives — many
of them now on display. The exhibit,
"Passion, Design, Performance: The Art
of Italian Design," which will run
through April 2009, was orchestrated
by Anne Vallely, a member of Lasell's
fashion faculty. Newly appointed Chair
of the Fashion Department, Mary
Ruppert-Stroescu, and President
Michael Alexander welcomed guests
and introduced the program. Students
and alumni were involved in planning
the event, showcasing their fashion
collections, and even modeling the
clothing. It was "connected learning"
at its best.
Bequests: Leaving a Legacy
Vv e are pleased to continue our
series of bequest donor profiles in this
edition of Leaves. These are thoughtful
individuals who chose to support
Lasell by making a provision in their
will or trust to support the College at
their death. They loved their alma
mater and believed in its future.
We are grateful for their foresight
Jean Sargent Lee '49, our featured
donor, bequeathed $65,000 to Lasell.
We hope she inspires you to consider
bequest support as part of your
philanthropic planning. For more
information or to request a bequest
language handout, please call or
Jean Sargent Lee '49
here is something to be said for
someone who gives generously of their
time and money to an organization
during their lifetime. It is even more
extraordinary when someone thinks
ahead and includes that institution in
their estate plans — allowing them to
give back even after they have passed
Dean for Institutional Advancement Ruth Shuman addresses the evening's guests at the Larz
Anderson Auto Museum. Behind her is the bright red Michael Schumacher Imola winning
Formula 1 Ferrari racer, one of the many spectacular cars that surrounded the diners.
The annual Leadership Donor
Recognition Dinner is the College's
way to thank donors of $1000 or more
to the Annual Fund for their generosity
and support of Lasell. It will be hard
to "top" this event next year, but if you
want to be on the invitation list next fall,
please consider a leadership level gift to
the 2009 Annual Fund.
Dwight and Jo-Ann Vojir Massey '51 take a
moment to look at a coat created by Casey
away. Jean Sargent Lee, Class of 1949,
exemplifies this characterization.
Jean loved Lasell College and
demonstrated her passion for her
alma mater in many ways. As a student,
Jean was an athlete, playing hockey and
a member of the crew team. She also
served as an assistant editor of News,
and she was a member of the staff of
the '49 yearbook, The Lamp.
Jean was a consistent Annual Fund
donor, joined the Board of Overseers
in 1995, the Board of Trustees in 1996,
and in 1997 established an endowed
scholarship in her name and her
daughter Cynthia's name (Class of
1978). During the Lasell 150 Campaign
Jean served as the Co-Chair of the
Campaign Steering Committee,
and later chaired the Institutional
Advancement Committee of the Board.
At that time, Jean and her husband Bob
gave a generous gift and the Sargent
Classroom, in the renovated Winslow
Academic Center, was named in her
honor. She also gave a gift to restore
one of the historic war canoes.
When Lasell needed Jean, she was there
ready and willing to help in any way
that she could. Jean died in August of
2007 and this January a letter arrived
from Jean's son Peter telling us that
Lasell was named in her Trust. He
stated that his dad, Robert, had
disclaimed his interest in the income
benefit, and that we would be receiving
a $65,000 distribution. The check
arrived shortly thereafter. Now Jean's
legacy will live on at Lasell and will
inspire many future generations of
students and alumni.
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Message from Haegan Forrest:
Director of Annual Giving
Annual Fund Office
1844 Commonwealth Ave.
Newton, MA 02466-2716
Fax: (617) 243-2383
I am thrilled and excited as I join the
Lasell community as the new Director
of Annual Giving. It is an honor to have
this opportunity and to be a part of the
Institutional Advancement team that is
clearly committed to the growth and
success of Lasell College. As I look
ahead, I am energized by the strengths
of Lasell and poised to tackle the
challenges we face!
I began my work as a fundraiser at
Northfield Mt. Hermon School in
1998 as the Director of Young Alumni
Programs. Since then I've served as
Director of Annual Giving and then as
Director of Development at independent
private schools in the Greater Boston
area. It gives me great joy and personal
satisfaction to help strengthen the
institutions for which I have worked.
Building a culture of philanthropy is a
priority for me, as it provides our
society with a deeply meaningful way to
make a difference in each other's lives.
Through high school and my years at
Wheaton College in Norton, MA, I was
the beneficiary of scholarship funds that
made possible an education that was
otherwise unattainable. For that I am
extremely grateful and feel compelled
to return the favor through my
professional work. Today's students at
Lasell benefit from the same kind of
donor support each one of us received
during our college years, be it through
scholarship funds, enhanced campus
technologies, better library resources or
improved classroom facilities. I am
excited by the role I will play in securing
this support for Lasell, the students, and
members of the faculty.
My goals are simple but critically
important. First, I look forward to
getting to know as many members of
the Lasell community as possible. The
personal connections and stories people
have about their years in school are
what I enjoy most about this work.
The history and the people bring a
place alive and provide a richness and
depth of experience for today's students.
Second, I hope to build the annual
giving program through increased
volunteerism and expanding the
participation of all friends and alumni
of Lasell. Bolstered by the affinity that
Trustee Adelaide Shaffer Van Winkle '36/H'96 is
challenging you: she will match every new
and increased gift of at least $100.
We only receive the match with new and
increased gifts; please give generously.
Let's not leave any money on the table!
All gifts will help Lasell reach the Annual Fund goal.
Make your gift at www.lasellalumni.org/challenge.
the Annual Fund, go to
or e-mail us at email@example.com.
alumni and friends have for Lasell
College, we can achieve great new
heights and successes for the Lasell
College Annual Fund. The 2007
Strategic Plan, Vision 2012, calls for
the Annual Fund to surpass Simillion
dollars by the fall of 2012. Together
we can achieve this tremendously
important benchmark for Lasell,
thus strengthening the program,
the education students receive, and
the value your alma mater imparts on
the world today.
This year the Annual Fund goal is
$750,000. These funds make possible
the excellent education Lasell students
receive each year. I am pleased to report
that pledges and gifts currently stand
at $603,000, with three months until
the effort closes on June 30. The Lasell
Annual Fund Giving Challenge has
heightened our excitement over the
progress of the Annual Fund this year.
The Challenge, generously donated by
Trustee Adelaide Shaffer Van Winkle
'36/H'96, provides every donor a dollar
for dollar match of all new or increased
gifts of at least $100. As a member of
the Lasell family, I hope you will
consider supporting Lasell this year,
and participating in the challenge, if
you have not already done so. Strong
families need the support of each
member to stay strong.
Thank you for your support and for
your warm welcome to Lasell. I look
forward to meeting the members of the
Lasell family. It is my sincere hope that
my work at Lasell will make a difference
in the lives of the students today and for
those yet to attend Lasell. As Maya
Angelou said, "I've learned that you
shouldn't go through life with a catcher's
mitt on both hands. You need to be able to
throw something back. " I hope you will
join me in "throwing something back"
to Lasell College. *'
Director of Annual Giving
Competition Held to Kick Start Donations
Class Gift Challenge
They are off and running — the
competition is underway to see which
class can raise the most money for
their class gift. In past years, only the
Seniors were involved in raising funds
for their gift, but this year, in order to
begin building class spirit early and to
create momentum, a fundraising
competition was held for all classes.
"Through the support of Student
Activities, we kicked off the 'race' at
the Student Activities Fair," says
Jan-Marie Murray, assistant director
of Annual Giving. "The classes each
had their own table and handed out
baggies of M & M's in their class
colors, personalized with a message
about the challenge. The competition
lasted for a month and class
committees and Phonathon callers
from each class solicited their fellow
classmates for gifts."
Congratulations go to the Class
of 2010, who had the highest
Members of the Class of 2011 man their fundraising table at the Student Activities Fair.
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Message from the Athletic Director
Lasers Enhance Athletic Program with New Website and Mascot!
Office of Athletics
1844 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA 02466-2716
fax (617) 243-2037
This spring, the Athletic Department
has added two new exciting aspects to its
program. Lasell College has partnered
with Preston Sports to create an exciting
new look for the Lasers on the web.
Sports Information Director Janice
Coppolino has been working with Presto
Sports since November in preparation for
the April launch of the new home of
Lasell College Athletics on the web:
laserpride.lasell.edu. The new site will
feature up-to-date statistics and game
stories, team photos and videos, player
profiles, an on-line survey, conference
standings, a player of the week, and a
brand new updated look for the Lasers.
The site will be linked to www.lasell.edu
but it will be self-standing, dedicated to
the athletic department, and will be used
to showcase and promote all of Lasell
In conjunction with the new website,
the Lasers are introducing new logos,
word marks, and a mascot. A small
committee on campus has been
working for over a year on a new look
for the Lasers. This is the first time that
the Lasers have a mascot and the new
marks and the mascot embody the
attributes of the Lasers including being
competitive, having pride, being
determined, displaying energy, and
being committed. The marks and the
mascot also focus on light and the torch
since these are key elements in the
history of Lasell College. The mascot is
"Boomer," a torchbearer who is carrying
the light of the Lasers. Boomer was
introduced to the community on March
25th and is now representing the Lasers
at home sporting events and at other
events on campus.
Boomer, the new mascot, was introduced to
the wildly cheering students on March 25.
These two new additions to the athletic
department will help to increase the
visibility of the program both on and
Overall Record: 9-1-0
Conference Record: 12-8-0
1 1 was an outstanding season for the
Lasers, who finished second in the
GNAC and traveled to the ECAC
Championship tournament for the
second time in the program's history.
The team also finished ranking 15th in
the nation for scoring offense, having
scored 60 goals in 20 games.
Lasell produced seven shutouts this
season, five of which were solo shutouts
by goalkeeper Julian Dutton '10, who
was placed on the GNAC Honor Roll
four times. Brandon Hanss '10
anchored the Laser defense and Paul
Meucci '10, Rocco Mazzaferro '12, and
Sean Fisher 'n were also skillful and
determined in the back field.
Senior captain Zach Gagne finished the
year as the all-time career leader in
Kuol Acuek 'og sets up a play-
points, ending with 121. He and Kuol
Aceuk '09, who has been an impact
player in the midfield for the past four
seasons, will both be much missed
next year. '«'
Overall Record: 9-20
Conference Record: 5-8
I he Lasers went on a winning streak
midway through the season, highlighted
by being victorious in a five set match
over a strong Rhode Island College
squad, and then beating three GNAC
teams. They finished as the eighth seed
in the GNAC tournament, but they were
matched against the number one, Rivier
College, and were unable to advance.
Junior Captain Amanda Major was the
leader in digs for the season, for a total
of 1,754 in her career so far, which is a
record in Lasell women's volleyball
history. Also setting a Lasell record was
Senior Co-captain Kelsey Schmidt, with
a career total of 232 blocks and she lead
the team in kills this season. Fellow
Senior Co-captain Nicole Wetterman
Overall Record: 10-6-2
Conference Record: 7-3-2
I he team had a very positive 2008
season, playing with composure and
drive all fall. They earned a spot in the
post-season GNAC tournament and also
secured a berth as the eighth seed in the
ECAC Championship Tournament — a
first in the program's history.
The Lasers will only be losing two
senior athletes: Ashlinn O'Brien and
goal keeper Jamie Remmers, who
posted three solo shut outs. Remmers
was ably backed up by Elizabeth Stickey
'12 who lead the team with saves, with a
total of 89, and was ranked 15th in the
nation in NCAA Division III in save
Junior Captain Alaina Mitrano and
Jordynn Frollo '12 were the leading
defenders all season, while also
Ashley Lambert '10 at full tilt.
producing opportunities for Lasell's
offensive attack. Midfielder Alyssa
Ferreri '10 was first on the team in
points, with 14 overall. The young team
has high hopes for the future. 9.
did not end up far behind Schmidt
in final numbers and newcomers
Megan Crozier '12 and Danielle
Drapeau '12 made an immediate
impact on the team.
The Lasers have a young squad that
gained valuable experience in 2008. *
Amanda Major '10 leaps for the ball.
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Overall Record: 18-9
Conference Record: 14-4
It was a thrilling year for the Lasers,
who finished first in the GNAC regular
season. In the semi-final of the
championship tournament they fell
to the Emmanuel College Saints in a
double-overtime thriller. Their season
could have ended there but they
were selected as the first seed in the
ECAC New England Championship,
where they unfortunately fell to
Senior forward Jose Guitian had an
unbelievable season, surpassing the
1,500 point and 1,000 rebound mark,
and being selected the GNAC Player of
the Year. Fellow Senior and Co-captain
Brad Caravoulias was one of the top
three-point shooters in the conference
Jose Guitian 'og moves down the court.
as well as in the nation. He scored his
1,000th point this season and stands
fourth in Lasell's all-time scoring leaders.
Freshman forward Javon Williams also
had a great year and the squad is looking
ahead to another successful season. «'
Overall Record: 7-18
Conference Record: 4-8
I his year's squad had a lot of heart, as
exemplified by their final game against
Norwich University, which went into
an overtime with 15 ties and 16 lead
changes. Senior Co-captains Shauna
Kelly and Katie Schumitz led the way
for the Lasers in this final home contest
and Kelly was selected to the GNAC All-
Conference Third Team for the season.
She recorded four double-doubles this
year and finished 22 games in double
figures for scoring, which ranked her
third for scoring in the GNAC.
Tricia Culver '10 played well all season
and was second on the team in points
and rebounds. Katie Farr 'n led from
the point guard position and freshmen
Overall Record: 7- 11
Conference Record: 2-5
I he first year Head Coach Marushka
Eddy and her squad made it to the
quarterfinals of the NAC field hockey
tournament, but unfortunately lost to
The Lasers were led by Junior Captain
Caitlyn Walker, who posted a total of 43
points and who, in the game against
Elms College, set the record for goals
scored in a game (six). Other team
members who made their mark were
Meagan Deandrade '10, who was second
in total points, and Christine Thornton
'12, who filled the role of goalkeeper
Lasell will graduate three players from
their 2008 roster: Cara Hulse, Amanda
Miller, and Co-captain Stephanie
Jansen. All three had great careers and
were key contributors throughout their
years at the College. The future looks
very bright for the Lasers, who will have
nine out of 11 starters returning, as well
as a very deep bench. *
Men and Women's Cross Country
Overall Record: 8-11
Conference Record: 5-5
Both the men's and women's teams
had some truly exciting performances
this season. Highlights included six
Lasers setting career personal bests,
finishing fourth and fifth place as a
team respectively in the men's and
women's GNAC Championship race,
and finishing the season with 11 athletes
competing in the NCAA Regional meet.
For the men, Senior Captain Christopher
Johnson finished first for the Lasers
in six of the eight races this season,
with a season best of 28:32 at the Saints
Invitational at Franklin Park. Zachary
Lambert '11 and Grant Vantine '12 both
set career personal bests during the
last regular season race. Lambert was
the first of the Lasers across the finish
line at the NCAA Division III New
Kayla McKenna '09 was Lasell's top
finisher in all of the women's races she
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competed in this season. Danielle
Chiarella '09, Lauren Darrah '09, and
Meagan McCole '11 all saw personal
bests this year. Six women crossed the
finish at the NCAA Regionals. $
Kayla McKenna 'og.
Tricia Culver '10 is heavily guarded.
Amanda Driscoll and Kelsey Converse
were strong members of the team. Next
year's season should be bright. V
Christine Thornton '12 between the pipes.
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